March 17

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2021 will be a year of hybrid for public sector organizations as they blend remote and in-office work, with automation playing an increasingly important role. However, threat activity is also becoming more hybridized as cybercriminals employ conventional and non-conventional means adaptively to increase their sophistication and impact.

Join Government Technology on March 17 at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern for a 30-minute conversation about changing trends in state and local governments and how this impacts their ability to protect their people, systems and data.

You’ll get answers to questions like:

  • What are private sector companies doing in response to this changing dynamic – and how can public sector organizations capitalize on their lessons learned?
  • How can public sector organizations expand their digital services efficiently and securely as they contend with flat or declining resources?
  • What are some specific areas of focus public sector organizations should look at as they work to reduce cyber risks?


Jim Richberg

Jim Richberg

CISO, Fortinet

Jim Richberg’s role as a Fortinet CISO leverages his 30+ years’ experience leading and driving innovation in cybersecurity, threat intelligence, and cyber strategy & policy for the US Government and international partners.
Prior to joining Fortinet, he served as the National Intelligence Manager for Cyber, the senior Federal Executive focused on cyber intelligence within the $80B+/100,000 employee US Intelligence Community (IC). He led creation and implementation of cyber strategy for the 17 departments and agencies of the IC, set integrated priorities on cyber threat, and served as Senior Advisor to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) on cyber issues. He brings a broad enterprise-level approach to cybersecurity honed as a member of the Executive team which created and oversaw implementation of the multi-billion dollar whole-of-government Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) that generated new Government cyber capability and enhanced cybersecurity in the private sector and critical infrastructure.
Mr. Richberg’s broad operational experience –including his 20 years at CIA-- gives him practical insight into difficult cyber problems ranging from advanced threat capabilities to supply chain integrity and election security. He has extensive experience engaging with audiences ranging from Heads of State and CEO’s to analysts and IT staff. He brings a strong focus on strategic problem solving (identify and solve the key problem vs. the most visible one) and on framing complex problems in comprehensible terms that facilitate analysis and formulation of solutions.

Mark Weatherford

Mark Weatherford — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Mark Weatherford, chief strategy officer for the National Cybersecurity Center, is the cybersecurity columnist for Governing and a senior fellow at the Center for Digital Government, both of which are divisions of e.Republic. Among his previous appointments, he served as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and, before that, as the chief information security officer for the state of California. In the private sector, Weatherford served in senior roles at the North American Electric Reliability Corp., vArmour, Booking Holdings and Aspen Chartered, in addition to advisory roles with a number of technology startups.