2020 Virtual Digital New York

July 23, 2020  
12:55PM - 4:35PM
Technology and Information Toolkit for NY's Government
Event Description

City & State's 2020 Virtual Digital New York event will take what we have done for years with our in-person event and transform the program with new situations that have come out of COVID 19.  It will continue to gather New York's information leaders from government and industry, for a dynamic program of candid discussion and thought-provoking presentations on the innovative ideas being used to improve the delivery of services to both citizens and government agencies.

Tariq Habib, NY MTA
Tariq Habib is the Chief Information Security Officer at New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) where he's responsible for all aspects of MTA Information Security strategy and Operation. He brings a unique perspective of someone who is experienced in Intelligent Transportation Systems programs as well as has broad experience in the Security strategy and operations. With many years of Information Security experience, he's promoting an evolution of the security and risk management models. He has strong understanding of threat landscape, public policy and critical infrastructure systems security. Prior to his role as the CISO of MTA, he worked as the Chief Technology Officer for MTA Bridges & Tunnels.
Richard T. Jacobs, FBI
Richard T. Jacobs is the assistant special agent in-charge of the Cyber Branch in the FBI’s New York office. The branch investigates national security and criminal cyber matters and responds to cyber incidents in the New York metropolitan area. In 2014, Mr. Jacobs helped establish the Financial Cyber Crimes Task Force, a multi-agency initiative targeting cyber crime and technology-based fraud schemes. Following graduation from the FBI Academy in 1999, Mr. Jacobs was assigned to New York where he investigated a variety of securities fraud matters. From 2002 to 2005 he played the role of a corrupt stock broker in a market manipulation undercover operation which resulted in the conviction of 49 individuals. In June 2010, he was selected to lead a Manhattan-based securities fraud unit which handled the Bernard L. Madoff and the Galleon Group insider trading investigations. He transitioned from financial crimes to cyber investigations in June 2013 as the acting assistant special agent in-charge of the Cyber Branch, and was named assistant special agent in-charge in October 2014. Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Jacobs was a risk manager on Wall Street. He holds a CISSP certification, a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in finance, and he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in information technology at Carnegie Mellon University.
Deshard Stevens, NYCCHR
Deshard Stevens serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the New York City Commission on Human Rights, an agency charged with enforcing some of most progressive civil rights laws in the nation. As CIO, he supports the agency mission by providing information and technology solutions that foster innovative and operational excellence while ensuring agency compliance with industry best practices and guidelines. Deshard is a transformational leader with over 10 years of experience managing, developing, and implementing business strategies and technical solutions. He was a recipient of the 2018 Rising Star Award from the New York City Public Sector CIO Academy. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified in Risk and Information System Control (CRISC), and holds a Master of Business Administration.
Chairman Asm. Clyde Vanel
Assembly member Clyde Vanel was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 8, 2016. He serves the 33rd Assembly district of Queens, New York, encompassing the neighborhoods of Cambria Heights, St. Albans, Hollis, Queens Village, Bellerose and parts of Floral Park. Clyde Vanel is an attorney, entrepreneur, private pilot and community advocate from Cambria Heights, New York. He previously served as the Chief of Staff for New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. Clyde Vanel is the owner and operator of Vanel Law Firm, P.C. where he focuses on intellectual property law, business law and wills and estate planning. Clyde is also an Internet entrepreneur. He is the owner and operator of TrademarkReady.com which provides trademark filing and protection services. Additionally, Clyde was the owner and operator of Vanel on First; a restaurant, bar and lounge in lower Manhattan for five years. Clyde is the founder of the New York Metro chapter of the Black Pilots of America, Inc. The organization trains and exposes the community and youth to the field of aviation. Through the organization, many youth and community members have been trained in pre-flight of an aircraft and aviation-related trainings. Assembly member Vanel has worked extensively in political community empowerment. He has helped many community members become involved with and informed the community regarding elections and political matters. Clyde has mentored young men with Eagle Academy in the Bronx and in Queens and the Young Men's Rites of Passage with the Allen A.M.E Church in Jamaica, Queens. He holds a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science & Technology Law. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Administration and an Associate of Applied Science in Aerospace Technology from Farmingdale State College, where he served as the Student Government President. Clyde Vanel was raised in Cambria Heights, New York, with nine siblings. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
Gale A. Brewer is the 27th Borough President of Manhattan. Since she took office in 2014, she has successfully passed legislation to reform the deed restriction process, add ‘caregivers’ to the city’s anti-discrimination law, remove criminal history questions from initial employment applications (the “Fair Chance Act”), and enforce requirements for street numbers on buildings in Manhattan (to aid emergency workers). She has also spearheaded community planning initiatives at the South Street Seaport, in East Midtown, and in other neighborhoods to address development and zoning issues. In 2018, Brewer served as Chair of the Large Cities Council of the National League of Cities, and has been named a member of their 2019 Human Development federal advocacy committee, which advocates NLC policy positions on issues involving social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and workforce development, equal opportunity, Social Security and seniors, individuals with disabilities, public health care, mental health parity, and immigration reform. Brewer previously served on the City Council for 12 years, serving as the founding chair of the Technology Committee and leading the Government Operations Committee. There, the Council passed her legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for most hourly employees, requiring all City data be published online, and protecting domestic workers from abusive practices. Prior to that, she served as Chief of Staff to Council Member Ruth Messinger, NYC Deputy Public Advocate, Director of the city’s Federal Office, and Executive Director of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. Brewer has an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and did her undergraduate work at Columbia University and Bennington College.
Kamal Bherwani, CEO
GCOM Software
Kamal Bherwani, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), brings more than 30 years of global technology and operating experience with multi-billion-dollar enterprises across both the public and private sectors in CEO (Chief Executive Officer), CIO (Chief Information Officer), CTO (Chief Technology Officer), and CDO (Chief Digital Officer) roles. Most recently, he served as the Chief Technology Officer of Inversora Agroindustrial Global, leading technology strategy, architecture and operations as well as global private and venture capital technology investments. He has also spent a significant portion of his career in New York City under the administration of multiple Mayors, including as the first Chief Information Officer of the City’s Health and Human Services domain, comprised of several agencies focusing on social services, criminal justice and health.
Commissioner Jessica Tisch
Jessica Tisch was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) by Mayor Bill de Blasio in December 2019. As Commissioner, she oversees the largest municipal IT organization in the country, with a wide portfolio ranging from public safety to human services to economic development. Commissioner Tisch previously served as Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology at the New York City Police Department, where she spearheaded efforts to use technology to transform the NYPD's fundamental business processes, including how officers are dispatched and respond to 911 calls, take crime reports, investigate, and search for wanted or missing persons. She managed the development and implementation of the flagship Domain Awareness System, which is at the heart of the NYPD's crime fighting and counterterrorism operations. Under her leadership, every officer was equipped with a smartphone, giving them access to real-time information in the field, as well as improving their accessibility to the public. Commissioner Tisch also managed the implementation of the NYPD's body-worn camera program and drove additional efforts to improve transparency and public access, including creating online platforms to deliver timely crime and traffic statistics, and implementing secure systems to allow people to access vehicle accident reports, pistol permits, and Crime Stoppers information. In addition to driving the wholesale replacement of the NYPD's technology infrastructure, Commissioner Tisch oversaw the NYPD's efforts to open a new 911 Call Center in the Bronx. She was also responsible for a pioneering interagency effort with the MTA to make NYPD's radios work in the subways. Commissioner Tisch began her public service career in 2008, when she joined the NYPD. She is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Business School, and other than that brief stint in Boston, a lifelong New Yorker!
Ana Rua, Gov Affairs Mngr,
Crown Castle
Driven by telecommunications’ ability to empower communities, Ana Rua leads New York Government Affairs City & State strategy at the nation’s largest provider of shared wireless infrastructure, Crown Castle. An immigrant from Colombia, Rua has spent her career in New York paying it forward on the American Dream by working with the intention of social responsibility at public and private institutions. Prior to her role at Crown Castle, Rua was part of the team that spearheaded Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $500M initiative to connect the most rural and remote regions of New York State with high-speed internet access, traveling to 56 of the state’s 62 counties to facilitate the program’s implementation. Also, at Governor Cuomo’s office, she inherited a $70 million portfolio of legacy projects in dire need of management and by coordinating with utilities, establishing availability of services and ensuring minority and women-owned businesses got seat at the table, the projects are now on track and on-budget. In her current work for Crown Castle, where she paves the way for next generation wireless infrastructure with the aim of transforming the digital landscape of the region. By educating and informing residents, influencers, municipal staff, and elected officials, she helps shape public policy and opinion, generates advocates, and builds community relationships with the objective of connecting those in disenfranchised and far-reaching communities with tools to empower themselves via telecommunications. “I get a tremendous sense of purpose because I work in this industry that has a fundamental focus to make people’s lives easier, better and more connected,” she says.
René Agüero, Sr. Mngr, Security Spc Public Sector
René Agüero MSBA, CISSP, has been with Splunk for 5 Years. Rene is currently the Sr. Manager of Security Specialization for Public Sector and SLED at Splunk leading security initiatives regarding security operations, advanced detection and fraud use cases across Splunk customers and prospects. Prior to Splunk he was at Rapid7. At Rapid7, Rene helped architect Rapid7 deployments and services ranging from Vulnerability Management, Penetration Testing, User Threat Actor Detection and Attribution. Prior to Rapid7, Rene worked in the financial sector in Southern California as an IT Manager where he designed networks and security solutions to keep PII and Credit Card data secure through the use of FWs, IPS/IDS and various encryption methods. Rene received a Master of Science in Business Administration with emphasis in InfoSec, IT Audit and Computer Forensics from California Polytechnic University Pomona. Rene has appeared on Associated Press and their consuming news agencies on topics like the End of XP and the Anthem healthcare breach.
Daniele Loffreda, Sr Advisor, SLED & Healthcare
Daniele Loffreda is Senior Advisor, State/Local Government and Education (SLED) and Healthcare in Ciena’s Solutions Development organization. In this role he leads Ciena’s initiatives applying next generation networking technologies to help these sectors deliver higher quality experiences to their constituents through disruptive technologies, optimized cloud strategies, virtualized infrastructure and improved data security. Daniele has more than 25 years of experience helping customers leverage Information, Communications and Technology solutions provide greater value, streamline their operations and generate higher returns on network investments. In addition to his current role at Ciena, Daniele has worked in pioneering roles at AT&T, Sprint and Fujitsu. He has presented at numerous industry conferences, and published articles and posts on next generation network connectivity as a critical foundation of enterprise transformation.
Joseph Hemway, VP IT & CIO
Pratt Institute
Joseph M. Hemway A Brooklyn native, Joe Hemway was selected as Pratt Institute’s first Vice President of Information Technology & CIO in June of 2006. He gained over 35 years of experience in technology and higher education administration at five universities in New York City. Joe’s areas of responsibility include a wide array of Pratt’s administrative and academic computing efforts, including information and cybersecurity, networks, telecommunications, and operational support services. He oversees a variety of advanced labs and digital fabrication and output centers that include robotics, machine learning, AI, AR/VR, data visualization and digital transformation. Joe received his Master’s Degree in Information Systems from Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and a Bachelor's Degree from St. Francis College. He is passionate about the social role of technology in creating new models of education to broaden its impact, particularly for disadvantaged groups. Joe has served on the Alumni Board of Directors at St. Francis College since 2007 and was President of the Board for two terms from 2008 to 2014. His other philanthropic/humanitarian activities include a range of disaster relief response efforts and fundraising for children with severe illnesses. Joe views his work both inside and outside of Pratt as part of his lifelong mission to rehumanize technology and to reclaim the innate creative capacity we all have within us.
Rodney Capel, VP Gov Affairs
Charter Communications
Rodney S. Capel is currently the Vice President for Government Affairs within the Northeast Region for Charter Communication. In this role, Mr. Capel oversees and manages all government affairs, strategic partnerships and investments, consumer protection and telecommunications regulation for New York City and New Jersey. Mr. Capel previously served as Special Advisor to the Governor. In this role, he was responsible for a full range of policy, legislative and operational matters affecting the administration. This position also serves as a liaison to members of the State Legislature, U.S. Congress, partner agencies, associations, councils, coalitions, and advocacy groups wanting to learn more about Governor Cuomo’s agenda for the State of New York. From August 2012 to April 2014, Rodney served as Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Committee. Rodney was responsible for the overall management and daily operations of the State Democratic Committee as well as managed the committee’s compliance to state and federal election laws, and financial disclosure reports. Mr. Capel previously served in the Administration as the Director of NYC Intergovernmental Affairs. Mr. Capel has also served as Senior Vice President of Mercury LLC, where he provided strategic consulting and issues management for national, state and city corporations and not-for-profit organizations. And prior to joining Mercury, Mr. Capel served as New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn’s Deputy Chief of Staff for state and federal affairs. In this capacity, Mr. Capel assisted the New York City Council Speaker on all matters pertaining to New York City’s State and Federal legislative issues by serving as the City Council’s lead lobbyist. Mr. Capel's political and legislative career highlights include: serving as Senator Chuck Schumer’s Deputy State Director in 1999; serving as State Director for the New York State Kerry/Edwards Presidential campaign in 2004. Rodney also proudly served in President Clinton’s Administration as a Special Assistant to the Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs for the U.S. Department of Education. Rodney is a graduate of Syracuse University where he received his B.A. in Political Science and attended graduate School at The George Washington University in Washington D.C. Rodney currently resides in Harlem with his wife Fayola Alibey, their son Lucas.
Ray LaChance, Co-Founder & CEO
ZenFi Networks
As Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ZenFi Networks, LaChance applies his leadership and proven industry expertise to build and deliver innovative communication infrastructure solutions to enterprise, carrier and wireless mobility providers in the New York and New Jersey metro markets. In this role, LaChance oversees all aspects of business operations for the company that recently merged with Cross River Fiber, and effectively leads a team of nimble, forward thinking experts to solve clients’ network challenges created by the proliferation of mobile data. In addition to his role at ZenFi, LaChance is also a founding member of Conexcity, a network integrator focused on fiber optic and mobile network planning, engineering, and deployment solutions for mobile network operators, tower owners and telecommunications service providers throughout the New York metro market. LaChance is a Network Technology industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience managing teams that design, build and operate complex, high-capacity communication networks for large enterprises, carriers and wireless mobility providers. Prior to ZenFi and Conexcity, he served as President and CEO of Lexent Metro Connect, LLC from 2004 to its successful sale in December 2010 to Lightower Fiber Networks. LaChance was also the Co-Founder of Realtech Systems Corp., an enterprise network integration and professional services firm, where he served as President and CEO. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Albany.
Dean Iacovelli, Dr for Secure Enterprise
Microsoft State and Local Gov.
Dean has worked in Microsoft State and Local Government for 15 years, serving in a number of roles including as the first Chief Security Advisor and also later as the first Director for Cloud Services, building out the team of specialists that incubated what would become Office 365 for Government. He currently serves as the Director for Secure Enterprise for Microsoft State and Local Government, managing a national team of cybersecurity technical specialists focused on security for Office 365, Identity and Information Protection, Threat Protection, and Windows security.
Jonathan Benett, Tech Dir for Dig Gov Solutions
Jonathan Benett is a business and information technology (IT) leader with over 20 years of experience in leadership, IT program and project management, strategic planning, operations, and corporate business development. He specializes in the identification of public sector business requirements and the development of innovative technology solutions to meet the unique challenges of government. Jonathan is currently the Technical Director for Digital Government Solutions at Adobe Systems Federal. Prior to Adobe, he was the Chief Enterprise Architect for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) within the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). He also worked at the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in a variety of leadership roles, including Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Administrator, IT Program Manager for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Acting CTO, and Acting Deputy Regional Administrator for FNS’ Northeast Regional Office. Before working at the USDA, Jonathan led the Project Management Office for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, preceded by ten years of successful experience in private industry.
Julie Samuels
Julie Samuels, Executive Director
Julie Samuels is the founder and Executive Director of Tech:NYC, an organization representing New York’s fast growing, entrepreneurial tech industry. Before that she was Executive Director at Engine, a nation-wide nonprofit focused on technology entrepreneurship and advocacy, where she remains a member of the Board. Julie is a frequent commentator on technology and policy issues for national media—particularly in the intellectual property space—and she has filed briefs with the Supreme Court and testified before Congressional Committees. She previously worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she was a senior staff attorney and the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents. Before joining EFF, Julie litigated IP and entertainment cases. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Julie spent time as a legislative assistant at the Media Coalition in New York, as an assistant editor at the National Journal in D.C., and she worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in Champaign, IL. Julie earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University and her B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She serves on the Boards of Engine, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and the Internet Education Foundation, on ABNY’s Steering Committee, and on various Advisory Boards. She was recently named one of Crain’s New York 40 under 40 and one of New York City’s 50 Most Powerful Women. She lives in New York City with her family.
Andrew Rasiej, Founder and CEO
Civic Hall and Personal Democracy Forum
Andrew Rasiej is a civic entrepreneur, technology strategist, and Founder of Civic Hall, a collaborative work, community center, and event space located in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, NYC. Civic Hall supports a community of people and organizations who are pursuing the idea that technology can support and must support the public good. Civic Hall is currently building a new center in Union Square where New Yorkers from underserved communities can get digital skills training for free. Andrew is also the Founder of annual Personal Democracy Forum the world's largest and best known gathering focusing on the intersection of technology, politics, and government. He is the Chairman off the NY Tech Alliance , a 60,000+-member organization of New Yorkers from diverse industries working in the New York tech ecosystem who are using technology to transform themselves, New York City, and the world. He is the Founder of MOUSE.org which provides technology education in public schools in New York and many other global locations. Andrew lives and works near Union Square in New York City, and can be followed on twitter at @rasiej.
Adam Balkin, Senior Producer
CBS News - Newspath
Adam is currently a Senior Producer as CBS News’ network, news gathering service called, ‘Newspath’. His responsibilities include creating/coordination content for and among all 200+ CBS affiliates around the country. He also oversees the financial segment, ‘CBS MoneyWatch’ as well as contributes coverage for the network show ‘CBS Morning News’ and the CBSN streaming service. Prior to working at CBS, Adam spent 20 years as the technology reporter/producer for NY1 News and all two dozen, Time Warner Cable, 24-hour news channels. His stories also aired on CNN Headline News. In this role, Adam covered all things hardware and software, everything from viruses to video games. He also spearheaded the ‘Connect a Million Minds’ corporate initiative, aimed at encouraging students to pursue careers in STEM. In between CBS and NY1/TWC, Adam reported for the tech news website, Digital Trends. He also ran its entire NYC video unit.
Patrick A. Murphy, Commissioner
NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
Commissioner Patrick A. Murphy completed over 41 years of military service with his final assignment as the Director National Guard Bureau Joint Staff at the Pentagon, Washington D.C. He previously served as the principal staff officer to the Chief National Guard Bureau in an oversight role of over 450,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen. His duties included supervising the work of the National Guard Bureau Joint Staff with a focus on Homeland Defense and Defense Support to Civil Authorities. He also previously served as the Adjutant General of the New York National Guard commanding a force of over 16,000 citizen soldiers and airmen. Prior to his time in New York, Commissioner Murphy served as Deputy Chief of Staff for National Guard Affairs, US Third Army in Kuwait and Director Civil Support Plans, U.S. Northern Command. Additionally, he has served as a helicopter pilot, commanded at the company and battalion level and in brigade senior staff positions. He holds a B.S. from Iowa State University, a Masters from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.
James Yeager, VP Public Sector and Healthcare
Over the course of his 20+ years in the technology industry, James has established himself as a proven and passionate leader in the information technology and security space. In his role as Vice President of Public Sector and Healthcare, James is responsible for shaping the overall direction of CrowdStrike’s go to market strategy and U.S. expansion within the public sector technology arena. Committed to providing best-in-class innovative cloud security capabilities and services to the Federal, SLED and the Healthcare space, James continues to focus on direct growth strategies as well as the ongoing business development of indirect routes to market via channel partners, systems integrators and strategic technology partnerships. Since joining CrowdStrike in 2017 to launch the public sector organization, it has grown exponentially, both in the capacity to support this highly strategic market segment aimed at protecting some of the nation’s most critical assets, and in revenue, which has grown by more than 650%. Prior to his arrival at CrowdStrike, James spent three years as the Director of Federal Sales at Tanium. While at Tanium, James rapidly built a Federal business focused on a new and highly disruptive technology that produced over $40M in revenue during his tenure. Before his time at Tanium, James worked for McAfee, and subsequently Intel Security, where he held various leadership positions within both public sector organizations. Under his direction, James was able to grow a $20M Federal Civilian business unit to north of $50M in less than four years. James holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The College of William and Mary. He is also an investor and advisor to MindChild Medical, Inc. a leading firm engaged in the research and development of non-invasive device technology for monitoring fetal/maternal health and management. James resides in Leesburg, VA with his wife and two daughters.
Josh Marcuse, Head of Strategy and Innovation for Global Public Sector
Google Cloud
Josh Marcuse is the head of strategy and innovation for Global Public Sector at Google Cloud. Previously, he served as the executive director of the Defense Innovation Board, a group focused on bringing organizational and technological innovation and the business practices of Silicon Valley to the Department of Defense. Josh also has worked at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
John Paul Farmer, Chief Technology Officer
New York City
John Paul Farmer is the Chief Technology Officer of the City of New York. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at Columbia University. Previously, John was a Managing Director of Microsoft Cities, where he led a team to build partnerships and design technology products that make urban communities more livable, more productive, and more sustainable. He served as the Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Obama White House, where he co-founded and led the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. John holds degrees with honors from Harvard University and the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.
Vaughn Stewart, VP of Technology
Pure Storage
Vaughn Stewart is the Chief Technical Evangelist at Pure Storage, where he shares his perspective on the emergence and capabilities of a flash-powered economy. Prior to joining the ‘flash revolution’ he spent 13 years in technical and marketing leadership roles at NetApp where he led the virtualization and cloud strategy and was awarded a US patent. Vaughn strives to simplify the technically complex and advocates to think outside of the box. You can find his thoughts on the role of storage with cloud computing and big data online and in print. He publishes his blog, ‘The Pure Storage Guy’, has authored a number of books including his latest is “Virtualization Changes Everything: Storage Strategies for VMware vSphere & Cloud Computing” and is a frequent guest on various online mediums.

Welcome and Introduction


Keynote Remarks By Jessica Tisch, Commissioner, Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and Citywide Chief Information Officer with introduction by Rodney Capel, VP of Government Affairs, Charter Communications


Special Presentation by Kamal Bherwani, CEO of GCOM Software


    Introduction By Vaughn Stewart, VP of Technology, Pure Storage


    Keeping Up with Evolving Technology and Security through COVID 19

    As the COVID-19 crisis wears on, government work with data surrounding its impact has evolved along with it.  New York City, one of the hardest hit by the epidemic, continues to grow as a worldwide leader and driver of technological innovation. Experts on this panel will assess how well government and the private sector are keeping up with rapidly evolving systems, how to include technologies like two factor authentication which can be easily audited and some form of zero trust which requires additional authentication steps, what opportunities exist for future growth, best practices to protect particularly sensitive data in areas including health care, education, and cybersecurity .and how New York can remain a global leader in the technology sector.

    • Adam Balkin, Senior Producer, CBS News - Newspath (moderator)
    • Richard T. Jacobs, Assistant Special Agent In-Charge, Cyber Branch, FBI
    • Tariq Habib, Chief Information Security Officer, MTA
    • René Agüero Sr. Manager, Security Specialization Public Sector, Splunk
    • Joseph Hemway, Vice President of Information Technology & CIO, Pratt Institute
    • Dean Iacovelli, Director for Secure Enterprise, Microsoft State & Local Government 
    • James Yeager, Vice President, Public Sector, Crowdstrike 

    Special Presentation by Jonathan Benett, Technical Director for Digital Government Solutions, Adobe

    Reimagine Government: Digital Experiences That Put People First

    Government is changing. More and more leaders see customer experience (CX) as their north star. Whether it’s modernizing citizen-facing websites and digital services, integrating complex outreach and engagement campaigns across multiple channels, or increasing efficiency for the IT and digital teams who manage and author content at scale, these leaders are prioritizing experience design that puts people first. They share a vision of a modernized, customer-centric government creating the efficient, integrated digital experiences that everyone expects today.


      Leading NY’s Communities Into a Better Tech Tomorrow

      From the pandemic to the outcry of demonstrators, NY has been through a lot these past few months. Because New Yorkers were all isolated for so long, we relied on technology for a sense of community and connection.  New Yorkers were able to observe and understand their communities like never before.  As we make changes to better prepare for future crises and we rebuild and remodel systems like policing, healthcare and person to person communication, our communities will rely on technology and government leadership more than ever to progress into a better tomorrow. At this round table we discuss ways we can use technology to impact our communities by working hand in e-hand.

      • Andrew Rasiej, Founder and CEO, Civic Hall and Personal Democracy Forum (moderator)
      • Deshard Stevens, Chief Information Officer, New York City Commission on Human Rights
      • Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
      • Ray LaChance, Co-Founder and CEO,  Zenfi Networks
      • Josh Marcuse, Head of Strategy & Innovation, Global Public Sector, Google Cloud

      Technology for Resilient Infrastructure Amid COVID 19

      Even with the latest innovations in place, the infrastructure and technology used to keep New Yorkers safe, healthy, moving and connected are never invincible as we have seen in this pandemic. Our panelists will discuss how government agencies are balancing digital vs. analog, expanding broadband access, implementing 5G networks, protecting net neutrality, modernizing transportation technology and how the public and private sector can work together to build resilient infrastructure and public safety services in the face of a second wave or a similar emergency situation.

      • Julie Samuels, Executive Director, Tech:NYC (moderator)
      • Assemblyman Clyde Vanel, Chairman, Internet and Technology Committee
      • John Paul Farmer, Chief Technology Officer, City of New York
      • Patrick A. Murphy, Commissioner, NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
      • Ana Rua, Government Affairs, NY City & State, Crown Castle
      • Daniele Loffreda, State/Local Government, Education & Healthcare Industry Advisor, Ciena

      Sessions Conclude

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