The National Association of Counties working with the NACo Tech Xchange recently identified the most important best practices for state and local governments as they address the current onslaught of cyberattacks. Don’t miss the 2nd in the series, “The NACO Cybersecurity Best Practices Webinar Series,” hosted by The Cybersecurity Collaborative on September 16th, that will provide invaluable guidance on implementing the practice of End User Education.

Ensuring the cybersecurity of your community depends as much on end user education as it does advanced tools and policies. A layered security strategy for local governments and school districts must include a thoughtful end user cybersecurity awareness and education program that includes components such as phishing exercises and other cybersecurity training programs. During this briefing, Mattie Gullixon (Program Director, National Cybersecurity Center) and Lisa Plaggemier (Interim Executive Director, National Cyber Security Alliance) will join Parham Eftekhari (Executive Director, Cybersecurity Collaborative) to discuss strategies for delivering end user cybersecurity training programs for your organization.


Lisa Plaggemier, Interim Executive Director, National Cyber Security Alliance

Lisa Plaggemier is Interim Executive Director at the National Cyber Security Alliance.  Lisa is a trailblazer in security awareness and education, and is a prominent security influencer with a proven track record of engaging and empowering businesses and their employees to protect themselves and their data.

Lisa has held executive roles with the Ford Motor Company, CDK Global, InfoSec and MediaPRO, and is a frequent speaker at major events including RSA, Gartner and SANS.  She is a University of Michigan graduate (Go Blue!) and while she wasn’t born in Austin, Texas, she got there as fast as she could.

Mattie Gullixson, National Cybersecurity Center, Program Director

Mattie Gullixson works as a Program Director for the National Cybersecurity Center, where she leads the effort to expand cybersecurity training for state and local decision makers. She is also working with the Colorado Whole of State Working Group to establish the first ever Colorado Cyber Resource Center entirely dedicated to being a one-stop-shop for local jurisdictions in Colorado for cyber resources and support. Mattie is also a current member of the Pikes Peak United Way Public Policy Council, ID2020’s Ethics & Risk Advisory Council, and Solid Rock Community Development Center

Parham Eftekhari, Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Cybersecurity Collaborative


Parham Eftekhari is a recognized national security and cybersecurity executive with a lifelong passion for leadership, and community engagement. His expertise spans critical infrastructure technology and policy, business strategy and operations, executive advising, and thought leadership content initiatives.

Parham has published over a dozen information security reports, regularly engages with the media, and has contributed to countless briefings and events at institutions including TEDx, Congress, the World Bank, RSA, IFA+, (ISC)2, C-SPAN, and the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT).




Date & Time

September 16, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (ET)