CyberSmart 2023: Combating Cyber Crime - Austin, TX

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Cyber attacks are on the increase across all levels of government – and state and local governments are often targeted because they have fewer resources for security. For instance, an October 2022 survey found that more than half of state and local governments faced ransomware attacks in 2021, and just one in five organizations successfully stopped the attack.


Strengthening the security and resilience of these agencies’ systems requires a combination of tried-and-true fundamentals and a willingness to innovate as new challenges arise. Solutions can be applied to everything from fraud mitigation to supply chain risks, securing a remote workforce to addressing how remote work expands the attack surface.


Join us at this live event in Austin, Texas, as thought leaders from state, local and educational organizations discuss the threat landscape they face, the steps they take to mitigate and rebound from attacks, and next steps to protect their agencies.

Speaker and Presenter Information

Hosted by:
Claudia Hosky, Publisher, FedInsider
Claudia Hosky,
Michael Kennedy, Moderator & Contributing Editor, FedInsider
Michael Kennedy,
Moderator & Contributing Editor,

1:00 PM – Fireside Chat: Combating Cyber Threats in Government

Texas’ state government cybersecurity framework has simple goals: to Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover in the face of cyber attacks. These principles serve to build organizational understanding of the people, assets, and data at risk, to safeguard delivery of critical services, and to detect and mitigate cyber events.

  • This discussion will provide insight on how agencies can combat the ever-changing cybersecurity threats they face.
 Bart Lauwers, Security Operations Manager, City of Austin
Bart Lauwers
Security Opperations Manager,
City of Austin
Jeremy Wilson, Deputy CISO, Texas Department of Information Resources
Jeremy Wilson
Deputy CISO,
Texas Department of Information Resources
Tony Lauro, Director of Security Strategies, Akamai Technologies
Tony Lauro
Director of Security Strategies,
Akamai Technologies

2:00 PM – Federal Support for Cybersecurity

Securing cyberspace requires a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including government agencies, businesses, and individuals. By taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity, agencies can better protect citizens and critical infrastructure from cyber threats.

  • This session will detail both the supportive role of Federal government agencies and the teams at hand to support the efforts of government localities.

Gayle Combs, Cybersecurity Advisor, CISA – Region 6, Arkansas


Gayle Combs

Cybersecurity Advisor, 

CISA - Region 6, Arkansas


Brian Osterman, Solutions Engineer, Recorded Future

Brain Osterman

Solutions Engineer,

Recorded Future


Tim Roemer, President & GM, Public Sector, ThriveDx


Tim Roemer,

President & GM, Public Sector,



3:00 PM – Strengthening & Securing Government Networks

Federal, state, and local agencies stand together in the fight to prevent and recover from cyberattacks, as communities increasingly become targets of hackers and other cyber criminals. Threats range from ransomware, malware/phishing attacks, supply chain risks, to identity access and verification and zero trust.

  • This panel will explore how agencies are strengthening their networks to mitigate fraud, securing an expanding attack surface, and adopting new technologies and tools to improve cybersecurity.
Mario Chavez, CISO, Texas Department of Insurance
Mario Chavez,
Chief Information Security Officer,
Texas Department of Insurance
Anil Koindala, Cybersecurity Officer, Information Technology Service, Texas Railroad Commission
Anil Koindala
Cyber Security Officer,
Inforamtion Technology Services
Texas Railroad Commission
David Morgan, Information Systems Security Manager, Texas Department of Public Safety
David Morgan
Information Systems Security Manager, 
Texas Department of Public Safety
Skylar Barnes, Solutions Engineer, Okta
Skylar Barnes
Solutions Engineer, 
Fadi Fadhil, Field Chief Technology Officer, Palo Alto Networks
Fadi Fadhil
Field Chief Technology Officer,
Palo Alto Networks

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Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, Dept of Health & Human Services, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Dept of the Interior, Dept of Justice, Dept of Labor, Dept of State, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Treasury, Dept of Veterans Affairs, EPA, GSA, USPS, SSA, NASA, Other Federal Agencies, Legislative Agencies (GAO, GPO, LOC, etc.), Judicial Branch Agencies, State Government, County Government, City Government, Municipal Government, CIA, FEMA, Office of Personnel Management, Coast Guard, National Institutes of Health, FAA, Census Bureau, USAID, National Guard Association, EEOC, Federal Government, State & Local Government, FDA, Foreign Governments/Agencies, NSA, FCC

This event has no exhibitor/sponsor opportunities

Thu, Jun 8, 2023, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Complimentary:    $ 0.00

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
700 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
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