Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center offers practical guidance for state and local governments to manage cyber risks

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Jennifer Byrne, Microsoft’s Chief Security Officer for Worldwide Public Sector, offers guidance on managing cyber risks at the recent @Microsoft series in Washington, D.C.

The Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. continued the @Microsoft series in October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, with a discussion on practical guidance for state and local governments to manage cyber risks.

The event brought together decision-makers from state and local governments, the administration, and industry experts who confront cyber threats every day, to address the unique challenges they face, as well to provide information on resources and innovations that are available to help them..

Panelists included Zaki Barzinji from the Office of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe; Jennifer Byrne, Microsoft’s Chief Security Officer for Worldwide Public Sector; Kelvin Coleman from the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Mike Donlan, Microsoft’s Vice President for U.S. State and Local Government; Julie Evans, Center for Internet Security chief operating officer; and Wanda M. Gibson, Chief Technology Officer in Fairfax County, Virginia. Rob McKenna of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP served as the moderator.

Throughout the event, panelists discussed how to confront the threats posed by malicious software and spam, phishing tactics and other means used to perpetuate cybercrime. They shared their own experiences, challenges and best practices to address these threats.

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Ed Ingle, Microsoft’s managing director for Government Affairs, provides opening remarks at the @Microsoft conversation on state cybersecurity.

At Microsoft, we have years of experience dealing with threats in cyberspace around the world. We work with government customers and help them find solutions to their cybersecurity challenges. Based on this experience and learning, earlier this month, the company released “Developing a City Strategy for Cybersecurity,” a seven-step guide for local governments to develop a cybersecurity strategy that synthesizes the best practices we’ve developed.

Rob McKenna, Mike Donlan, cyber security
Moderator Rob McKenna, left, and Microsoft’s panel of experts listen to Mike Donlan, right, Microsoft’s vice president for U.S. State and Local Government, give his perspective on best practices for managing cyber risks.

An archived video of the recent discussion is available via Microsoft’s on demand channel,

YouTube Video

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