West Virginia Local and State Government Cybersecurity Partnership Workshop

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09:30 am – 12:00pm, Thursday, November 18th, 2021
VIRTUAL (online)

Registration is free, but required >> click HERE to register now


State and local government administrators, state and local government election officials, County Clerks, IT and cybersecurity managers and personnel, election experts, police and emergency IT managers and SCADA systems experts (water, sewer, electricity, etc.)


West Virginia Office of Technology, West Virginia Secretary of State CIO’s Office, George Mason University and the National Science Foundation.


The increased adoption of IoT devices and the roll-out of wide scale 5G infrastructure; new work from home environment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and dynamic changes in cyber threat including from ransomware are creating an ongoing challenge for state and local governments. In addition, many local governments have limited budgets and face challenges in hiring of IT and cybersecurity talent.

The workshop builds upon the three previous West Virginia state and local government cybersecurity workshops held in 2019 and 2020 with the objective of discussing these current cybersecurity challenges and associated best practices and facilitating local and state government cybersecurity partnering.

The workshop is part of the George Mason-National Science Foundation Cybersecurity City and County Cross Jurisdictional Collaboration project, having the goal of furthering U.S. city and county cybersecurity efforts by developing foundations and policies that enable and foster city and county cybersecurity partnerships.

The workshop will feature talks by Danielle Cox, West Virginia Chief Information Security Officer and Dave Tackett, CIO, West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office

The Mason-NSF project has co-hosted ten successful local government cybersecurity partnership workshops in Virginia and West Virginia between 2017 and 2021.