Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody to Speak at Government Cyber Awareness Workshop
February 7, 2020 • Ocala, FL: Florida State Attorney General Ashley Moody will be the keynote speaker at an upcoming cyber awareness workshop for local and county government employees presented by Cyber Florida and the Marion County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller on February 11 at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion and Extension Auditorium in Ocala.
In fall 2019, Cyber Florida launched this initiative to help city and county governments improve their cyber readiness in the wake of several high-profile ransomware attacks that targeted Florida cities. The Marion County event is the latest in a series of workshops that Cyber Florida is offering throughout the state, with free resources available through their website at cyberflorida.org/gov.
Since taking office in January 2019, Attorney General Ashley Moody has proven herself as a champion of cybersecurity efforts throughout the state, with a particular interest in protecting Florida’s seniors, veterans, and businesses from cyber fraud.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Last year, several cities and at least one Florida school district were held hostage by cybercriminals. These attacks on our cities are expensive and divert the government’s focus away from serving its citizens. These workshops and trainings will help local leaders across Florida implement procedures to prevent, respond to and recover from cyberattacks.”
The City of Ocala was recently the victim of a costly email spear-phishing scam, a prolific and highly effective type of cyberattack that uses sophisticated deceptive emails targeted to specific employees. Cybersecurity industry leader Trend Micro recently reported that 91% of the cyber threats their clients encountered in the first half of 2019 stemmed from these types of emails.
“The incident in October opened our eyes to the need for awareness training for all government employees,” said Marion County Clerk of Courts and Comptroller David R. Ellspermann. “We are delighted that Cyber Florida and Attorney General Moody are helping us make Marion County safer from cyberattacks,” he said.
Sri Sridharan, director of Cyber Florida, remarked, “You can have the best technological defenses in place, but your employees are really your frontline defense against cyberattacks. I applaud Marion County for taking the initiative to hold this event, and I hope it inspires other counties to connect with Cyber Florida to put on similar events.”
The workshop, titled “Cybersecurity for Government Leaders and Employees,” will be held on February 11 in Ocala. The non-technical, half-day seminar is intended to help elected officials, city and county managers, and agency and departmental leaders learn more about the critical role they play in improving and growing their area’s cybersecurity posture. The workshop focuses on successful policies and best practices that leaders and employees can implement to help prevent, respond to, and recover from cyberattacks. The workshop is free and open to the public. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.