Ransomware, Risk, and Recovery: Is Your County Cyber-Secure?

Hackers are increasingly targeting states and local governments with sophisticated cyberattacks. Thus, securing government information systems is critical, as a cyber intrusion can be very disruptive, jeopardizing sensitive information, critical infrastructure, public safety, and the delivery of essential services.

Legacy systems — outdated digital software or hardware — may meet the needs they were initially implemented for but cannot adapt or grow with new requirements and needs. As such, legacy systems are generally unable to interact with any newer systems or implement necessary cybersecurity measures to safeguard critical data and sensitive information.

At the MACo Winter Conference session, “Ransomware, Risk, and Recovery: Is Your County Cyber-Secure?” an expert panel will explain why updating outdated technology platforms is key for reducing cybersecurity risks, enhancing service delivery, and boosting government transparency and accountability.

Ransomware, Risk, and Recovery: Is Your County Cyber-Secure?

The pandemic has pushed state-level legacy system modernization into the spotlight. As technology evolves, once-perfect solutions become obsolete. Thus, it is critical for the State and county governments to move away from costly, insecure, and unreliable technology and instead adapt and innovate to keep data secure. In this session, learn why updating outdated technology platforms is key for reducing cybersecurity risks, enhancing service delivery, and boosting government transparency and accountability.

Speakers:

  • Rob O’Connor, Chief Information Officer, Baltimore County
  • Mark Ripper, Chief Information Officer and Director of Technology Services, Carroll County
  • Stefanos Ghebrehawariat, Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Information Technology

Moderator: The Honorable Allison Pickard, Council Member, Anne Arundel County

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 8, 2021; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The 2021 MACo Winter Conference, “Time to Reboot: Tomorrow’s Tech Today,” will be held on December 8-10, 2021, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland.

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