Preparation is Everything: #MACoCon Panel Discuss Cyber Defense

At the 2022 MACo Summer Conference, an expert panel discussed cyber defensive strategies.

It is often said an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. This goes doubly true in the world of cybersecurity. The the 2020 Summer Conference, MACo is dedicated two special panels to discuss both preventative measures in cybersecurity and best practices in responding to successful cyber-attacks. This panel covered the preventative side, detailing what governments can do to avoid a worst-case scenario.

Title: Before the Attack: Fortifying Your Cyber Defenses in the Modern World


  • Scott Soderstrom, LGIT
  • Tasha Cornish, Executive Director, Cyber Security Association of Maryland
  • Anthony J Battista, Verizon

Moderator: Senator Katie Fry Hester

Senator Katie Fry Hester kicked off the discussion by introducing Scott Soderstrom, who informed the audience about the importance of cyber insurance and the challenges in the market. Tasha Cornish presented best practices that can be easily implemented by any sized jurisdiction. Anthony J Battista took a broader 1000-foot view of cyber attacks and what is being seen nationally and globally.

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