CIS Logo
tagline: Confidence in the Connected World

Smart Cities, Cybersecurity, and The Intersection of IoT

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 | 12:00 pm EST |  Live from the Symantec Government Symposium in Washington, D.C.


SYM-GS17-Logo-Lockup-VerticalIoT and smart cities technologies are impacting – and improving – the business of government at all levels. Powering performance by accelerating processes, agencies are growing increasingly reliant on IoT devices and the data they produce. However, the security implications of these emerging technologies is an ongoing challenge – particularly as IoT devices present new entry points into networks for malicious attacks.

What you'll learn:

  • How State and Local cyber professionals are coordinating efforts to bolster data security in today’s age of connectivity and smart technology
  •  How IoT is changing today’s cyber landscape – from emerging threat vectors to new security considerations and more
  • How to securely leverage IoT and smart cities technology to improve your organization’s processes and strengthen your cyber posture


Roisin Suver

Roisin SuverRoisin Suver serves the Center for Internet Security’s Multi‐State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS‐ISAC) as a Senior Liaison to the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). In this role, she facilitates cybersecurity information sharing and coordination between the Federal Government and State, Local, Tribal and Territorial (SLTT) Government partners. Prior to this, Roisin was the Deputy Branch Chief for the Department of Homeland Security's Cyber Intelligence Support Branch. Her focus here was on cyber threats to the SLTT environment.

Before moving to the D.C. area, Roisin was appointed by the state Governor to serve as the Deputy Director for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Office of Homeland Security. Here, Roisin developed the state’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Plan of which information sharing was a key component. Roisin also served as an Intelligence Officer in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. She recently retired after serving 22 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard.



Robert O'Connor

Robert O'Connor Robert serves as the Chief Information Security Officer for Maricopa County Government and has over 25 years aligning global information infrastructure to business requirements incorporating cyber and physical security. He founded three small businesses and worked for large companies including Adobe conducting security architecture, engineering, and gap analysis for governments and the financial services industry. Robert spent 10 years in the Intelligence Community providing information security.






Thomas MacLellan

Thomas MacLellan
Thomas MacLellan has spent his career working to promote the adoption of effective homeland security and public safety policies and practices. He has over 20 years’ experience leading national policy initiatives on cybersecurity, electronic crime, forensics, public safety broadband, justice information sharing, prescription drug abuse, privacy, and energy assurance. Currently, he is Director of Policy and Government Affairs for Symantec focusing on state and local governments and Canada. Prior to that he led Homeland Security and Public Safety for the National Governors Association.

In addition to training governors and other policymakers on cybersecurity and disaster response, Thomas directed the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council and created the first national effort aimed improving states’ cybersecurity. He established the first national network of governors’ criminal justice policy advisors; co-created a national initiative aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse; and staffed the Council of Governors which resulted in the Joint Action Plan for State-Federal Unity of Effort for Cybersecurity, a national framework for states and the US Government.

Thomas is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the Naval Postgraduate School Executive Leaders Program in Monterey, California.

Karen Jackson
Karen Jackson Headshot

Karen Jackson serves as the Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Commonwealth’s Deputy Secretary of Technology and Vice President of Broadband Programs for the Center for Innovative Technology.

Ms. Jackson serves as a senior advisor to the Governor on technology matters including innovation, data analytics, telecommunications, cybersecurity, and unmanned systems. She is also responsible for overseeing the Commonwealth’s IT infrastructure.

As Secretary, she is responsible for policy and legislative initiatives as well as developing programs to facilitate innovation, entrepreneurship, technology development, and adoption.

Ms. Jackson has been actively engaged in the federal policy initiatives including the development of the National Broadband Plan. She received a 2009 IP3 award from Public Knowledge for her work in information policy, and was named to Government Technology's 2010 list of the top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers. In 2015, she was named to The Governing Institute Women in Government Leadership Program Class, and in 2016 was named as one of State Scoops’ GoldenGov State Executives of the Year.  In 2017, Ms. Jackson was named as one of State Scoop’s Top Women in Technology and received an excellence in Government award from the Southwestern Virginia Technology Council.

Ms. Jackson serves on a number of Boards including the Center for Innovative Technology, the Virginia Research Investment Committee, and the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP). She also served as Governor McAuliffe's representative to the FCC's Intergovernmental Advisory Committee and co-chaired the Commonwealth’s Cyber Security Commission.

She holds a bachelor’s of science in business management from Christopher Newport University and a master's of business administration from The College of William and Mary.

Watch Recording