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Monday, July 23 • 9:15am - 11:30am
Disaster Resilience: Election Infrastructure & Cybersecurity

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Following last year's successful Disaster Resilience Symposium in Portland, we are organizing another gathering of leaders and decision makers from throughout the region to address common issues, examine solutions, and promote information sharing.  Co-hosting the Disaster Resilience Symposium within the larger PNWER Summit provided attendees with the opportunity to interact face-to-face with elected officials and legislators and increase awareness for important disaster resilience issues.

Election Infrastructure & Cyber Security 
Elections were designated as part of our nation's  critical infrastructure in late 2016 by the Department of Homeland Security. The topic is both timely and relevant to our elected officials who will be in attendance at the PNWER Summit. The session will examine federal guidance for state and local election officials; current threats to election infrastructure; policies to protect election infrastructure; and methods to reassure the public.

  • Patrick Massey, Regional Director, Office of Infrastructure, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Chad Houck, Deputy Secretary of State, Office of the Secretary of State, State of Idaho
  • Julie Wise, Director,  King County Department of Elections, Washington State
  • Dave Matthews, Cyber Expert, Consultant
  • More speakers TBA


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Eric Holdeman

Director; Working Group Co-chair, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local governments. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience, which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus... Read More →
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Chad Houck

Deputy Secretary, State of Idaho
Prior to working with the Secretary of States office, Mr Houck was a private consultant advising in operational and process improvements in the IT and commerce space. He has served on the Idaho Governors Cybersecurity Task Force, and is currently participating in the development of... Read More →
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Patrick J. Massey

Regional Director, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Mr. Massey serves as the Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Infrastructure Protection responsible for assisting private and public sector partners enhance the resiliency of critical infrastructures in the Region 10 states of Alaska, Idaho... Read More →
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David Matthews

Cyber Expert, Consultant
David Matthews is the former Director of Global Incident Response for Expedia, Inc. and the former Deputy Chief Information Officer for the City of Seattle. He has facilitated five regional cyber event exercises. He is also the founder of the Cyber Incident Response Coalition and... Read More →
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Julie Wise

Director, King County Department of Elections
Julie Wise was elected as the King County Elections Director in November 2015 and will serveduring the 2016-2019 term. King County is the 13th largest county in the nation and hasapproximately 1.28 million registered voters.Prior to her election in 2015, Wise served as the Deputy... Read More →

Monday July 23, 2018 9:15am - 11:30am AKDT
Meeting Room 10

Attendees (6)