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Overview

Cyber-attacks have increased dramatically over the last few years. The 2024 South Dakota Regional Public Sector Cybersecurity Summit provides an opportunity for government technology professionals to learn about the latest efforts to defend, respond and recover from cyber criminals who wish to do harm. The Summit will include cybersecurity leaders from state and local government throughout South Dakota.

A message from our Keynote Speaker

The greatest vulnerability in Cyber security is complacency, so we need to always be looking for better, more efficient ways to protect ourselves. The South Dakota Regional Cybersecurity Summit gives us a perfect forum to collaborate on best practices and new solutions. Join us on August 8, in Pierre, South Dakota!

- Jeff Clines, Chief Information Officer, State of South Dakota

Speakers

Bryce Austin

Bryce Austin

CEO, TCE Strategy

Bryce Austin started his technology career on a Commodore 64 computer and a cassette tape drive. Today he is a leading voice on technology and cybersecurity. Bryce holds a CISM certification, advises the boards of companies in a diverse array of industries, and has over 20 years of cybersecurity leadership experience. He is the named CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) for many companies, including one listed on the S&P 500.
Bryce speaks to audiences worldwide on how to stay safe from cybercriminals. The #1 goal of his presentation is for you to learn how to bring your cybersecurity risk to a level that is Secure Enough for you. His best-selling book is titled Secure Enough? 20 Questions on Cybersecurity for Business Owners and Executives.
In his free time, Bryce is a high-speed track driver and coach. He has driven cars from a 65 horsepower Mini Cooper to a 650 horsepower Porsche 911 Turbo. He has had over 100 students, none of whom have died while under his instruction.

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Phil Bertolini

Phil Bertolini

Senior Vice President, Government Technology

Phil Bertolini is a senior vice president for Government Technology, the premiere event and thought leadership content provider for state and local government technology professionals. Previously, he served as deputy county executive and CIO for Oakland County, Michigan. During his 31-year tenure, Phil built a world-class IT organization in the second-largest county in Michigan, just north of Detroit. As Oakland County CIO, he oversaw more than 150 employees serving over 1.2 million residents. In 2005, he was also promoted to deputy county executive, holding dual positions until his retirement. Phil’s efforts earned the county national attention, winning numerous awards for technology innovation and excellence. He was named Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year and Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers. He was also honored by the President Obama White House as a Champion of Change.

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Harold Bruce

Harold Bruce

Development Enterprise Digital Transformation Manager, State of South Dakota

Harold, a seasoned IT professional with a profound passion for customer service, technology, and innovation, embarked on his journey in the field with a BS in Computer Science from Texas State University. With a career spanning over three decades, he has notably contributed to the IT landscape, moving seamlessly from technical roles to strategic leadership positions. Harold began his career in Texas, later moving to North Dakota, where he led significant technology initiatives that transformed IT services in academia.
As IT Director at two large universities departments, Harold was instrumental in implementing cutting-edge technologies. His tenure in state government across three states for 14 years is marked by application integration and enterprise architecture strategies that significantly improved operational efficiencies.
Currently, as the guiding force behind the Development Enterprise Architect Team in Pierre since 2016, Harold and his team are dedicated to empowering BIT and state agencies with innovative solutions in Application Architecture, System Integration, Microsoft Azure Services, and beyond. His leadership aims to position the Bureau at the forefront of the rapidly evolving IT sector.

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Jeff Clines

Jeff Clines

Chief Information Officer, Bureau of Information & Telecommunications, State of South Dakota

Gregory Dias

Gregory Dias

Director, Information Systems & Technology, Lawrence County

Gregory Dias is the Director of Information Systems & Technology for Lawrence County, SD. He has served in the IT realm for over 4 decades, beginning his career in the U.S. Marine Corps as a data systems specialist, eventually retiring from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Sergeant Major. He served at the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon, where his duties required a Top Secret, compartmented information security clearance. He has served in his current capacity with Lawrence County for the past 30+ years, where he has overseen the execution of countless projects and initiatives supporting the organization’s mission of serving the county’s citizens. He holds several advanced certifications in both information technology and cybersecurity, and strives constantly to improve the skills and efficiency of both himself and his team. It is an honor for him to participate as a panelist during the SD Digital Government Summit. 

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Jim Edman

Jim Edman

Cybersecurity Coordinator, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Jim Edman is the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in South Dakota. As Cybersecurity Coordinator, Jim works with critical industry sectors across the state on cyber risk management and improved cybersecurity hygiene.
Prior to joining CISA in 2021, Jim worked with South Dakota state government in the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT) with experience in applications development and networking technologies for state government, K-12 and Higher Education. Jim served as Chief Information Security Officer for the last 13 years. Establishing operational, strategic, and collaborative platforms to successfully safeguard constituent and government data. He also served as the Broadband Manager for the ConnectSD project to bring high speed broadband to every South Dakotan. Other positions include Deputy Chief Information Officer and acting Chief Information Officer.
He enjoys reading, hunting pheasants, playing basketball, golf and doing all sorts of family activities.

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Miguel Penaranda

Miguel Penaranda

Chief Information Security Officer, Bureau of Information & Telecommunications, State of South Dakota

Miguel Penaranda serves as the CISO for the State of South Dakota. He started his career in State Government in 2004 as a Technology Specialist for the Department of Education and transitioned to the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT) on 2005, as a Senior Programmer Analyst, and then taking the role of State Webmaster, leading the State’s web presence until 2010. As cyber security became a large concern, Miguel transitioned to a Cyber Security Analyst in BIT, and in 2016, formally started the Security Operations Center (SOC) in BIT. He has witnessed the progress and importance of cyber security in the State and around the country. Working with State and Federal partners, he is focused on his primary mission, to protect the State of South Dakota from all cyber-attacks.

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Elijah Rodriguez

Elijah Rodriguez

Chief IT Officer, South Dakota Legislature

Elijah Rodriguez is the Chief IT Officer for the Legislative Research Council (LRC), a nonpartisan agency of the South Dakota Legislature that provides legal, fiscal, and administrative services for the Legislature's members and staff. In the last 19 years, Elijah has served in various technical and leadership roles for organizations in the ag industry and state government. He holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, and a master's degree in Information Technology/Project Management. Elijah is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Scrum Master Certified (SMC), and ITIL 4 certified.

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Patrick Wright

Patrick Wright

Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer, State of Nebraska

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Agenda

Thursday, August 8

8:00 am Central

Registration and Morning Refreshments in the Exhibit Area

9:00 am Central

Opening Remarks

Jeff Clines, Chief Information Officer, Bureau of Information & Telecommunications, State of South Dakota

Miguel Penaranda, Chief Information Security Officer, Bureau of Information & Telecommunications, State of South Dakota

9:20 am Central

Keynote – Keep Your Head Out of the Cyber Sand: Using Superior Communications to Get the Job Done!

Risk can take on many forms and governments must understand how to accept it, mitigate it, or insure against it while not sticking their head in the sand to ignore it. How will you assess your cyber risks and balance them against your needs? How will you make the rational decisions needed to be successful? How will you navigate the road to recovery? This session will answer these questions with a focus on ideas that will help you engage your leaders with real-world examples.

Bryce Austin, CEO, TCE Strategy

10:15 am Central

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

10:45 am Central

Concurrent Sessions

Securing Teams with AI: From Theory to Practice

In an ever-evolving landscape of technology, public sector IT professionals find themselves at the forefront of change. As demands for efficiency, security, and user satisfaction grow, leveraging the power of AI is a necessity. How can AI tools strengthen our teams? How can generative AI augment your staff? In this engaging session, we’ll delve into practical applications of AI for public sector teams. From automating tasks to enhancing decision-making processes, we’ll explore how AI can be a game-changer

Risk Management: Unleashing the Power of Secure Partnerships

In today’s interconnected environments, it’s essential to secure your own environment and that of your vendors. How do you vet industry partners regarding their cybersecurity protocols? How do you negotiate ongoing visibility and monitor vendor security so it doesn’t lag? Join our expert panel as we explore practical strategies for managing vendor cyber risk. From leveraging existing frameworks to negotiating contract terms, you’ll leave with actionable insights to ensure your organization's secure and resilient future.

Moderator: Phil Bertolini, Senior Vice President, Government Technology

Patrick Wright, Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer, State of Nebraska

Mastering Identity Management: Strategies for a Secure Future

In an era of escalating cyber threats, effective identity management is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. How do you reduce fraudulent accounts? How do you validate identities? Panelists will discuss zero trust, ID verification best practices, and leveraging data governance as an ally to strengthen your identity management plan.

11:45 am Central

Lunch

12:30 pm Central

General Session – Engaging Business Stakeholders

Patrick Wright, Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer, State of Nebraska

Chris Gergen, Director of Cyber Operations, State of North Dakota

1:10 pm Central

Short Break

Please proceed to the concurrent sessions.

1:30 pm Central

Concurrent Sessions

AI and Security Risks – Mitigating Sophisticated Threats

As the world embraces AI for its transformative potential, we must also acknowledge its challenges. What new threats are cyber security teams defending against? Can AI governance help shield against bad actors? In this session, we will discuss how to use AI to defend against new threats and how to integrate pin tests with AI models in mind.

Threat Hunting

With cyber threats, your offense is your best defense. How can you stop threats before they happen and strengthen your cyber posture? This session will dive into practical use cases including log analysis and reverse engineering to help strengthen your defenses. You’ll learn to utilize proactive threat hunting to anticipate, detect, and neutralize potential breeches.

Cybersecurity Awareness Programs

Handing out consequences across your organization for falling short on security measures only causes disengagement. But how do you engage your teams, so they want to be part of the solution? How do you keep your end users involved? Let’s turn learning into adventure by gamifying security awareness. Speakers will share how to use microlearning as a tool and give recognition instead of blame. We’ll look at use cases and metrics on incident response time and near misses. Together we can build a resilient human firewall!

2:30 pm Central

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

2:50 pm Central

General Session – Navigating Your Cyber Future: Next-Gen Threats, Strategies & Tech

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) works tirelessly to analyze the current and future state of cybersecurity. How will governments stay ahead of cyber-attackers? Are the emerging threats just too much? What are the new approaches to addressing cyber challenges? This session will tackle these issues by having the CDG present an update on key issues and trends facing government cybersecurity leaders today.

Phil Bertolini, Senior Vice President, Government Technology

4:00 pm Central

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Area

Network with your colleagues and discuss technology solutions with the event exhibitors.

4:30 pm Central

End of Conference

Conference times, agenda, and speakers are subject to change.

Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center

920 W Sioux Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 224-6877

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Advisory Board

Government Representatives

Harold Bruce
Director
Bureau of Information & Telecommunications
State of South Dakota

Jeff Clines
Chief Information Officer
Bureau of Information & Telecommunications
State of South Dakota

Gregory Dias
IT Director
Bureau of Information & Telecommunications
Lawrence County

Jim Edman
Cybersecurity Director
Department of Homeland Security
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Christopher Gergen
Director of Cyber Operations
Information Technology Department
State of North Dakota

Paul Kern
Chief Information Security Officer
Information Technology
South Dakota State University

Miguel Penaranda
Chief Information Security Officer
Bureau of Information & Telecommunications
State of South Dakota

Heather Perry
Deputy Commissioner
Bureau of Information & Telecommunications
State of South Dakota

Elijah Rodriguez
Chief Information Technology Officer
South Dakota Legislature

Mark Wixon
Agency and Application Directors
Bureau of Information & Telecommunications
State of South Dakota

Pat Wolberg
Information Technology Director
County of Brown
South Dakota

Patrick Wright
Chief Information Security Officer
State of Nebraska

Made Possible by Our Corporate Sponsors

Registration Information / Contact Us

Event Date: August 8, 2024

Open to Public Sector only.

Registration - Free

If you represent a Private Sector organization and are interested in Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Heather Earney.

Contact Information

For registration and general assistance contact:

Abigail Suiter
Government Technology
Phone: (916) 932-1405
E-mail:asuiter@erepublic.com

For assistance or questions concerning Sponsor Logos or Logistics please contact:

Mireya Gaton
Government Technology
Phone: (916) 296-2617
E-Mail: mgaton@govtech.com

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Heather Earney
Government Technology
Phone: (916) 932-1339
E-mail: heather.earney@erepublic.com

Venue

Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center

920 W Sioux Ave
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 224-6877