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For Immediate Release
October 20, 2020

Learn Cybersecurity Tricks from County Experts

Public online session October 28 designed to share best practices

San Rafael, CA – Whether at work or at home, County of Marin employees learn to make sure it’s not a trick before they click. That’s especially true during the tricky month of October, which each year is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Now, good habits from the County will be shared publicly so getting information through electronic means is more of a treat and less of a trick.

On October 28, the County’s Information Services & Technology Department will host a videoconference to share information about the County’s Information Security Program and provide examples of security best practices that can be used at home and at work. The session will start at 6:30 p.m. and will be closed captioned. Viewers may watch the webcast live on the County’s main Facebook page. Video of the session will later be placed on the The County's YouTube Page.

The session will feature the following presentations and demonstrations.

  • Jason Balderama, Chief Information Security Officer and session moderator - Storytelling and lessons learned from a previous County cybersecurity incident; high-level overview of the County’s Information Security Program; how to secure a home router
  • Ava Rassouli, Lead Information Security Engineer – Security best practices for distance learning and working from home
  • Nathan LaForce, Information Security Manager – E-mail security best practices

After the presentations and demonstrations, the panelists will answer questions. E-mail security questions by 5 p.m. October 26 or ask live via Zoom during the event.

To participate in the session, take the following steps:

  • visit or call (669) 900-6833
  • Meeting ID: 963 3429 6915
  • Password:655037

Use the “raise hand” button if joined by computer or mobile device, or press *9 if joined by phone, to inform the moderator that you would like to ask a question.

The Marin County Board of Supervisors proclaimed October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Marin County as the County registered as a Champion Organization, joining a growing global effort to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy. The Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champions Program is a collaboration among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofits, and individuals committed to this year’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month theme of Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart. The program aims to empower individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace.


Jason Balderama
Chief Information Security Officer
Information Services and Technology Department

1600 Los Gamos Drive
Suite 370
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-7827
Email: Jason Balderama
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