Virtual Symposium: Cyber Defense in the Public Sector​

May 15, 2014
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET)

​The ACGA invites you to attend the virtual symposium, Cyber Defense in the Public Sector. This online event features three compelling sessions that will help you better understand and manage the risks associated with cyber defense within your organization.

Cyber attacks are occurring at all levels of government. Are you prepared to address the risks associated with cyber defense within your organization?

This program is designed to benefit both IT and non-IT auditors.

TeamMate Wolters KluwerSymposium 

Symposium Sessions

Session 1: Auditing Outsourced Functions

Auditing Outsourced Functions

Do you really understand the risks presented by those functions outsourced? With the expansion of outsourcing key processes within the organization, the risk still exists and can increase if not managed effectively. Mark will summarize many of the key points from his recently published IIA Research Foundation book Auditing Outsourced Functions including a maturity model for outsourcing that was specifically developed for the book. This session is a must for those trying to get a better assurance of the outsourcing world and adding value to the organization.


Mark Salamasick, CIA, CISA, CRMA, CSP, Director of the Center for Internal Auditing Excellence at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)

Session 2: Third-Party Risk Management: Measure, Mitigate and Monitor

​​Third-Party Risk Management: Measure, Mitigate, and Monitor

Organizations increasingly share their critical information assets and outsource business and IT processes to third-party service providers to stay competitive and cut costs. As a consequence, organizations need to proactively measure and monitor their vendor-related risks, particularly when access is given to an organization's most critical data. Join Greg Wallig and Kirt Seale of Grant Thornton as they discuss tactics for measuring, mitigating, and monitoring third-party risks impacting government auditors.


Greg Wallig, CISA, CGEIT, Principal, Global Public Sector for Grant Thornton, LLP

Kirt Seale, CISA, MCSE, Principal, Advisory Services and National Special Attestation Report Solution Leader for Grant Thornton LLP

Session 3: Strategic and Transactional Issues in Auditing High-risk Contracts

Strategic and Transactional Issues in Auditing High-risk Contracts

The session will cover how high-risk contracts can impair mission accomplishment, financial well-being, and service delivery in the public sector. Contract types and their associated risk factors will be discussed as well as case examples of contracting failures from federal, state,and local governments. Issues in auditing strategic and transactional aspects of contract risk will be explored using a seven-part framework for auditing the performance of public sector procurements.


John Needham, consultant for the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives


Catherine Melvin
Audit Manager, Texas Department of Public Safety

Bob Brese
Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Energy

Matt Snyder
Chief Information Security Officer, Texas Department of Public Safety

Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto, California

Ron Ross, Ph.D.
Senior Computer Scientist and Fellow
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Debbie Hunter
Deputy Inspector General, Audits & Investigative Services
U.S. House of Representatives, OIG

Mike Howard
Assistant Director, Information Systems Audits
U.S. House of Representatives, OIG

Event Information
Course Duration:
4 hours
CPE Hours:
Knowledge Level:
Field of Study:
Auditing (Governmental)
Delivery Method:
Internet Group Live


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