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Ransomware and Public Safety Comms: A Municipal Perspective

Richard Tenney  (Senior Advisor, Public Safety Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA))

Paul Hill  (Cybersecurity Sales Manager, Motorola Solutions Inc.)

Lindsey Cerkovnik  (Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Vulnerability Disclosure Lead, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA))

John Hart  (Deputy Chief of the Intelligence Bureau, New York Police Department)

Location: N261

Date: Wednesday, March 23

Time: 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Track: Cybersecurity / Security

Format: Short Course

Vault Recording: TBD

Ransomware attacks against public safety functions like law enforcement represent a real threat to the safety and privacy of law enforcement personnel and to voice and data communications. Discusses real world example of the impact of ransomware attacks against Washington DC Metropolitan Police and NYPD's perspective of dealing with ransomware attacks on a major city police department's operations to include public safety communications. The session will also discuss how major cities are evolving their tactics to deal with cyber threats to law enforcement, especially to communications systems.


1. Identify and describe cyber risks to public safety communications in major urban areas
2. Increase awareness about the continuing, evolving threat of ransomware to public safety
3. Identify cyber sources available to assist public safety agencies