Conference Speakers

Tuesday January 29, 2019 
Pre-Conference: Golden Shovel, What Will You Do When It's Your Time?
Speaker: Michael Duff, Stanford University
Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
What would you ask for if your organization came to you tomorrow and said they would provide you with all the resources you need to “fix” cybersecurity? The CISO from Stanford University experienced a “Golden Shovel” moment like this in 2013, which he describes as both electrifying and terrifying. Hear about Stanford’s cybersecurity journey and the lessons learned along the way. Then participate in a tabletop exercise to formulate your own Golden Shovel strategy, including how to effect change without first suffering a major cyber incident. Read More About Michael Duff

Disaster Recovery Committee Update
Moderated by Ken Watson, Sarasota County
Time: 5:15 pm to 6:00 pm
For those individuals who are interested in Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity and Cyber Security please join us from 5:15 to 6:00 on Tuesday January 29th. Is your data being backed up offsite? Can you migrate your systems off premise? Do you have a hot, warm or cold site? Are you using the cloud or another public sector partner? This will be the main area of discussion due to another catastrophic event to affect our state, Hurricane Michael. Ensuring everyone has an opportunity to protect their organizations data during an imminent natural disaster is a major initiative of the Disaster Recovery Committee (DRC). The DRC has 80 members and meets 4 times a year to collaborate and work together on improving our individual and collective posture in these critical areas of concern. Ken Watson, Senior Manager of Technology Operations for Sarasota County, will be chairing the session.
 Wednesday January 30, 2019
Keynote Session: The Business Value of IT
Speaker: Michael Daniel, Cybersecurity Advisor to President Barack Obama (2012-2016) & President, Cyber Threat Alliance
Time: 8:45 am to 10:00 am
Affectionately known as the “cyber czar” to President Obama, Michael shares critical insights on how organizations should think and act differently than ever before when it comes to cyber risk management. As Michael says, “it’s not if, but when an attack will occur” and a proactive, “how-to” approach before a breach or hack occurs—as well as ensuring you are equipped with the necessary tools when an event happens—have become a necessary best practice within today’s organizations. Read More About Michael Daniel

Session: Managing Risk 
Speaker: Adam Losey, Losey PLLC 
Time: 10:30 am to 11:15 am

An overview of information security and privacy practical and legal issues, as well as practical and low-cost steps that can be taken to mitigate risk associated with the same, as well as a survey of Florida's legal landscape on information security and privacy issues. Read More About Adam Losey

Session: Drones in Law Enforcement
Speaker: Duy Dao and Jason Leggett, City of Lakeland Police Department
Time: 10:30 am to 11:15 am

The presentation will be focused on demystifying drones and discussing perceptions of using drones in Law Enforcement. The lecture will cover why drones are useful in Law Enforcement, along with applicable Federal, State, Local & Agency regulations that govern their use. Lastly, the presentation will highlight the past, present and future goals for implementation of the drone program at the Lakeland Police Department. Read More About Duy Dao and Jason Leggett

Session: Accessibility of Local Government Website to People with Disabilities Panel
Speakers: Repps Galusha, Orange County Clerk of Courts and Jenna Reardon, Promet Source and Eric J. Netcher, Esq., Dean, Ringers, Morgan & Lawton
Time: 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm

In this session Dr. Repps Galusha will discuss lessons learned about ADA compliance. A talk about how a customer filed a complaint in 2013 with the Department of Justice because of their lack of satisfaction in the Orange County Clerk e-filing system used in 2012.  This presentation describes the events leading to the complaint, and what we learned to become ADA compliant. Read More about Dr. Repps Galusha

In this session Jenna Reardon will cover the history of digital accessibility, the current legal landscape as related to government entities, why you should care, demos of how users with disabilities interact with the web, high-level look at the guidelines, and steps you can take right now to make your web and document assets inclusive for all users. Read More About Jenna Reardon

Attorney Eric J. Netcher has represented local governments in multiple ADA lawsuits involving claims of website accessibility.  Read More About Eric J. Netcher, Esq.

Session: GIS Strategy for the State of Florida
Speaker: Ekaterina Fitos, Florida Dept of Environmental Protection
Time: 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm
As the State moves towards an enterprise Geographic Information System (GIS) focus, statewide initiatives are a high priority. Currently at the state level, there are efforts to develop a Statewide GIS Strategic Plan, coordinate mapping, and advocate standards for statewide GIS datasets. A large part of these statewide initiatives is coordinating statewide datasets which includes but is not limited to: addresses, parcels, roads, elevation (e.g. LiOAR) mapping efforts for the State. As the State continues to invest in an enterprise GIS strategy and establishment of a statewide coordinating authority it is important to develop key partnerships with local information technology offices.  This presentation will provide an overview of the State's geospatial strategy and key strategic I initiatives of the Florida Geographic Information Office (FGIO). The State Geographic  Information Officer (GIO) will provide details on State enterprise strategy for GIS technology and strategic direction for geospatial data. Topics highlighted in this presentation will stress the coordination and future cooperation between local, state, federal, special districts, and private sector partnerships to achieve State goals. Read More About Ekaterina Fitos
Closing Keynote Session: It’s SHOWTIME! - Discover your Performance Mindset
Speaker: Jon Petz, CSP
Time: 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm

It’s not enough to ‘just’ show up, be ‘just the IT person” or stick to the status quo. Meeting expectations is OUT and creating surprise and delight to empower memorable moments in our work and life is IN!  This peak performance mindset is exactly what author, professional speaker and performer brings to the FLGISA Winter Conference.  Sometimes however, we struggle with the mindset that ‘peak performance’ is only for the elite Olympic athletes, that it’s unknown territory or reserved for the over-busy executives. In reality, all we are missing is a method that makes sense to us to want to perform better than ‘just enough to get by’. With humor, mindsets and certainly some entertainment, Jon Petz will indeed help you find your purpose behind your passion to create surprise and delight in what you do as technology decision makers.  Come behind the curtains and learn the secrets to uncover your amazing performance IN this interactive, inspiring and hysterical presentation. Read More About Jon Petz
 Thursday January 31, 2019 

Session: Overcoming Cybersecurity Staffing and Skill Shortages
Speaker: Ryan Benson, Gartner
Time: 8:45 am to 10:00 am

With an overwhelming shortage in cybersecurity talent today the market to fill these key positions is very competitive and often very expensive. This presentation will take a look at this problem and provide some best practice recommendations to help alleviate some of the problems this brings to state and local governments. Read More About Ryan Benson

Closing Keynote: Dedication, Pride & Commitment: Leadership Lessons From Black Hawk Down For Business & For Life
Speaker: First Sergeant Matt Eversmann (Ret.)
Time: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

An authentic American hero, First Sergeant Matt Eversmann recounts the events of Black Hawk Down which powerfully demonstrate the horrors of war, and the human qualities that are essential to survive it. He focuses on three attributes that brought him home alive: leadership, courage, and selfless service. Inspiring, motivational, and patriotic, he always has an emotional impact on his audience. Read More About Matt Eversmann