Held Hostage: Protecting Your Data from Cyberattacks

Cybersecurity and data protection are increasingly important for county governments in today’s connected world. A MACo Summer Conference session advances a discussion of best practices with input from Maryland’s resident expert on data privacy, State CIO Mike Leahy.

Where can you hear a discussion of a hot topic like cybersecurity and county governments with Maryland’s Chief Information Officer, moderated by a US Congressman? MACo’s Summer Conference, that’s where.

Join county information technology officers from across the State for this panel featured at the 2019 MACo Tech Expo.

Secretary of the Department of Information Technology Mike Leahy, will join a panel on data privacy and cybersecurity at MACo’s Conference.

Title: Held Hostage: Protecting Your Data from Cyberattacks

Description: Ransomware, a malicious malware of cryptovirology, threatens to publish secure and sensitive data or perpetually block access to computer systems unless a ransom is paid. Cyber threats are commonplace now, and governments – including counties – are prized prey for these cybercriminals. As elections, public safety, and healthcare systems employ more sophisticated technology, they become even more attractive targets – the more interconnected these systems are, the greater the potential fallout. In this session, state and county IT experts will share best practices in data protection and data handling and share next steps in protecting vulnerabilities.

John Contestabile, who recently joined Skyline Technologies after working with Hopkins’ Applied Physics Lab will join a discussion on cybersecurity at MACo’s Conference.


    • Kyle Bryans, Program Specialist, MS-ISAC Stakeholder Engagement Team, Center for Internet Security
    • Keith Young, Enterprise Information Security Official, Montgomery County
    • John Contestabile, Director, Public Safety Solutions, Skyline Technology
    • Michael G. Leahy, Secretary, Maryland Department of Information Technology

Moderator: The Honorable Dutch Ruppersberger, US House of Representatives, Second District

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 14, 2019; 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The MACo Summer Conference will be held August 14-17 at the Roland Powell Ocean City Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Winds of Change.”



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