March 25

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After what has been deemed as one of the largest breaches in U.S. cybersecurity in recent history, an estimated 18,000 public and private sector entities will spend billions of dollars over many months to contain and fix the damage. As just one example of how sophisticated and stealthy hackers have become, the attack leaves many asking when and where will the next one happen – or has it already?

On March 25 at 11am PT/2pm ET, Government Technology is hosting a webcast to share best practices around how state and local governments can better defend against and respond to evolving and difficult-to-detect threats. You don’t want to miss our cybersecurity experts’ discussion of critical topics such as:

  • The increase in spear phishing attacks on the remote government workforce
  • The value of cyber threat intelligence in detecting the latest threats
  • What the ransomware threat landscape looks like in 2021
  • Why an incident response retainer is critical


Jason Atwell

Jason Atwell

Senior Intelligence Enablement Consultant and Senior Manager, Mandiant Intelligence Services

Jason Atwell helps oversee the Strategic Intelligence & Government practice at FireEye, Inc. Jason has over 17 years of experience in cyber and risk intelligence from across the military, government, and commercial sectors. Jason contributes to the intelligence planning and strategy used by many of the world’s top governments and commercial entities to defend against targeted attacks. Jason also serves as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve assigned to US CYBERCOM.

Prior to FireEye, Jason was a senior advisor to the CIOs of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Institutes of Health helping to navigate the increasingly complex cyber threat environment. During his career Jason has been a key member of military and civilian staffs conducting civil-military operations in Baghdad, solving complex geospatial problems for the DIA, and working to counter foreign intelligence and influence operations at the U.S. Department of State.

He holds a master’s degree in English Literature from American University and is a current Fellow in Cyber Leadership at Yale University. He is also a graduate of both the U.S. Army Intelligence School and John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and completed graduate coursework at the National Intelligence University.

Johnny Collins

Johnny Collins

Director of Insider Threats, Incident Response, Proactive Services & Intel, Mandiant Consulting

Mr. Johnny Collins is a seasoned and effective cyber security leader with broad experience supporting various federal agencies, small companies, and large enterprises. With more than 15 years of experience in insider threat, information assurance, malware operations, penetration testing, forensics, and incident response, he has a track record of building security programs from inception to a successful operational setup. Mr. Collins currently serves as the Director for Insider Threat, Incident Response, Proactive Services and Intel at Mandiant.

Prior to his work at Mandiant, Mr. Collins supported various federal and commercial customers as chief information security officer for Phalanx Secure Solutions and as a senior consultant for companies like RBR Technologies, Straitsys, Praxis Engineering, Minerva Engineering, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and Oceaneering International. He also served as a civilian engineer for the United States Army for two years, supporting various counterinsurgency and counter improvised-explosive device operations worldwide. His work was credited with saving hundreds of warfighters.

Mr. Collins has led global teams on networks, supporting thousands of customers and millions of connections while meeting security requirements and handling incidents within customers’ policies, techniques, and legal boundaries. He also led rapid on-site incident response teams for breaches affecting casinos, hotel chains, retail chains, industrial systems, and critical infrastructure. In addition, he has supported insider threat investigations and detected data losses, the largest being a $30 million customer data breach for a casino.

Mr. Collins has received various awards from senior government officials for exemplary dedication and service to national security.

Jon Ford

Jon Ford

Global Managing Director of Government Solutions and the Insider Threat Security Program, Mandiant Consulting

Jon Ford is a 25-year veteran in cybersecurity, incident response, and intelligence-led cyber operations in both government and commercial sectors. Prior to joining FireEye, he served in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at FBI Headquarters’ Cyber and Special Technologies Divisions as well as field offices gaining experience on the front lines.

Currently, Jon leads the insider threat security program for Mandiant globally. He is a certified PMP, CRISC, CISM, and CISSP and an adjunct professor in advanced cyber risk curricula. Jon is the recipient of the Director of National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction and Meritorious Unit Citation and is a member of the Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace and the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise. He additionally founded FireEye’s Elevate program to advance women in IT security into senior leadership and Board positions.

Jon is a graduate of Harvard, John F. Kennedy School on Cybersecurity Policy; Northwestern, Kellogg School of Business in Strategic Change Leadership; and Carnegie Melon University’s series on Insider Threats.

Dan Lohrmann

Dan Lohrmann — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker and author. He led Michigan government’s cybersecurity and technology infrastructure teams from May 2002 to August 2014, including as enterprise-wide chief security officer (CSO), chief technology officer (CTO) and chief information security officer (CISO). During his distinguished career, he has served both the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities including advising senior leaders at the White House, National Governors Association (NGA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Throughout his career he has received numerous national awards including CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.