May 24

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The U.S. Department of Justice estimates more than 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred every day since the beginning of 2016, and government is a prime target. Given such risks, a robust disaster recovery and data protection plan is critical for any state or local government organization.

Join us May 24 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET as we discuss best practices for data backup and recovery. We’ll explore:

  • How government agencies can meet growing employee and citizen expectations for access to online services while ensuring data is well-protected.
  • How to maintain control, visibility and access to data.
  • How to confirm strong data recovery capabilities are in place should the unexpected occur.
  • How the city of Sarasota, Fla., fought back after a virus encrypted 160,000 files and cyber criminals demanded $33 million in Bitcoin as ransom.


Salim Ruffin

Salim Ruffin

Senior Systems Engineer, Veeam Software

Salim Ruffin has been with Veeam for 5 years wearing both the Administrator and Backup Admin hats. He has 23 years of experience as a System Administrator for VMware, Hyper V and Citrix environments and specializes in On prim and DR planning/strategy. Salim has 4 sons and loves spending time with his family and being active as an assistant football coach and soccer coach.

Herminio Rodriguez

Herminio Rodriguez

Director of Information Technology at City of Sarasota, FL

Information technology executive with over 20 years of functional and multi-industry experience in transforming projects and strategic business process to reduce cost, maximize value and improve performance.

Morgan Wright

Morgan Wright — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Morgan is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity strategy, cyberterrorism, identity theft and privacy. Morgan's landmark testimony before Congress on Healthcare.gov changed how the government collected personally identifiable information. He currently is an advisor to the US Congress House Science, Space and Technology Committee. He’s made hundreds of appearances on national news, radio, print and web, and has spoken to audiences around the world. Previously Morgan was a Senior Advisor in the US State Department Antiterrorism Assistance Program and Senior Law Enforcement Advisor for the 2012 Republican National Convention. In addition to 18 years in state and local law enforcement as a highly decorated state trooper and detective, Morgan has developed solutions in defense, justice and intelligence for the largest technology companies in the world including Cisco, Unisys and SAIC. He’s a contributing author for the 4th Edition Computer Security Handbook, and has been quoted in 2 New York Times best sellers (Sharyl Attkisson: Stonewalled and Carmine Gallow: Talk Like TED).