Online symposium tackles security
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Feb 03, 2002
Citing security as a major focus of its research this year, Public Technology
Inc., in collaboration with the Public Entity Risk Institute, is offering
a Web-based symposium this week about cybersecurity issues for local governments.
Each day, a paper written by a PTI member will be posted on the PERI
Web site (www.riskinstitute.org/symposium.asp),
followed by an electronic dialogue that will be moderated by Costis Toregas,
president of PTI. The symposium, "Safe and Secure: CyberSecurity and Local
Government," is free.
Papers to be released include:
* "What they don't know can't hurt you," presented today by Michael
Armstrong, chief information officer of Des Moines, Iowa.
* "Overview of security issues," presented Feb. 5 by Randy Land, electronic
communications coordinator, and John Krusemark, network security engineer,
of Scottsdale, Ariz.
* "Security and privacy: A matter of trust," presented Feb. 6 by Judi
Zito, director of electronic government, and Ira Feuer, chief information
security officer, of Miami-Dade County, Fla.
* "Digital signature and encryption technology: What it means to local
governments and citizens," presented Feb. 7 by Kevin Novak, e-government
manager, of Montgomery County, Md.
* "Legislating Security" presented Feb. 8 by Des Moines' Armstrong.
Dale Bowen, PTI's director of online services, said the symposium would
try to foster discussion on technological subjects as well as management
issues and policies about security to encourage participation of city managers,
elected officials and IT professionals. He said about 700 people had registered,
but he said he was not sure how many people would take part in the electronic
Bowen said PTI intended to present a follow-up discussion, based on
the priorities that emerge from the symposium, at its annual conference
in April in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Bowen said PERI has conducted several Web-based symposiums, but this
is the first time that PTI has conducted such a project.
PTI (www.pti.org) is the nonprofit technology organization
of the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties and
the International City/County Management Association. PERI (www.riskinstitute.org) is a nonprofit group that provides information about
the practical enhancement of risk management to public and private sector