West Virginia Local and State Government Election Security and Cybersecurity Workshop

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When: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 (Lunch is included)

Where: Flatwoods Days Inn & Suites and Conference Center, Sutton, WV

Who should attend: 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 personnel.

Hosts and Organizers: West Virginia Office of Technology, State of West Virginia Secretary of State, WVNET, George Mason University, and the National Science Foundation. 

Registration is free, but required at

About the Workshop: The objective of the West Virginia Local and State Government Election Security and Cybersecurity Workshop is to further awareness and foster dialog on West Virginia state and local government election administration, as well as planning for the May 12th Primary and November 3rd General 2020 elections.  The workshop will consider the complete election cycle from pre-election, election day to post-election from the perspectives of all stakeholders in the election ecosystem, including citizens, state and local government officials, technical and IT staff, third party technology companies, DHS and CISA, U.S. government agencies and law enforcement.   The workshop will address “who to turn to” in different circumstances and contingencies.  In addition, the workshop will review the recent West Virginia Senate Bill 94 – “Providing persons with physical disabilities ability to vote by electronic absentee ballot”.

Speakers will include Josh Spence, West Virginia Chief Technology Officer; Danielle Cox, West Virginia, Chief Information Security Officer; David Tackett, CIO, Office of West Virginia Secretary of State;  Ben Gilbert, Cybersecurity Advisor – Region III (VA, DC, WV), U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency; and Greg Herbold, Director, State/Local Government & Education, Palo Alto Networks.

The Mason-NSF project has co-hosted nine successful local and state government cybersecurity partnership workshops in Virginia and West Virginia and including Kentucky and Ohio between 2017 and 2020.


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