Interactive Session Will Highlight the Most Important Security Concerns for Leading State Government Organizations

Pacific Grove, Calif., October 7, 2015 – Security Mentor, a global leader of innovative security awareness training that drives real behavior change, today announced that Chief Strategist and Chief Security Officer Dan Lohrmann will be speaking at the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) Annual Conference, which will be held on October 11-14 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Smart government, smarter homes, wearable technology, embedded chips and remarkable new virtual experiences are just a few of the promises offered by the Internet of Things (IoT). But how can we possibly secure the IoT when we can't secure the current Internet? On Monday, October 12, Lohrmann will moderate a panel discussion titled Security Concerns in Smart Government,which takes place in Imperial Ballroom D at 1:30 p.m. (MT). During this session, panelists will highlight where we've been, where we are and where we are heading in regards to global cybersecurity trends.

Featured panelists for this session include:

  • Agnes Kirk, Chief Information Security Officer, State of Washington
  • Maria Thompson, State Chief Information Risk Officer, State of North Carolina
  • Otto Doll, Chief Information Officer, City of Minneapolis, State of Minnesota

“Smart Government offers the potential of new innovative services and exciting advances using big data analytics, the cloud, wearable devices and new advances in mobile computing. At the same time, we must understand the new risks to security and privacy and how to mitigate those risks as we move forward with IoT,” said Dan Lohrmann, CSO and Chief Strategist, Security Mentor. “At Security Mentor, we believe that state employees are a critical component of securing state governments, and that continuous and ongoing security awareness training activities for employees provides them the knowledge and skills they need to help avert a major state disaster. While not all security incidents and breaches are preventable, many are by establishing a training program that drives real behavior change.”

NASCIO provides state Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and state members with products and services designed to support the challenging role of the state CIO, stimulate the exchange of information and promote the adoption of IT best practices and innovations. Each program year, NASCIO develops and supports issue committees which enable members to examine key issues in depth and deliver research briefs and other products. NASCIO also creates ad hoc working groups with clearly prescribed charters to focus on high-priority and time-sensitive issues for the states. Join the conversation at the event on Twitter with the hashtag #NASCIO15.

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