Special Event: Cybersecurity Awareness Month Expert Panel on Ransomware

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Attend in person or virtually!

What: Join the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) for this special event in celebration of the 20th annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Hear from experts from the U.S. Secret Service, FBI Denver Cyber Task Force, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Boulder County Chief Information Security Office and OIT about ransomware and what can be done before and after an incident. After the lunch break, please join us for our second presentation on Cybersecurity for the End User and learn how you can better protect yourself and stay safe online.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 11

  • 10-11:30 a.m. - Ransomware
  • Lunch break
  • 1-2 p.m. - Cybersecurity for the End User

In-person attendance

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Headquarters
2829 W. Howard Place, Main Auditorium
Denver, CO 80204

If you plan to attend in person, please RSVP and arrive early to provide ample time to check in. Free parking is available in the north parking lot (M1 CDOT/Visitors Lot) adjacent to the CDOT parking garage. Do not park in the RTD-leased parking lot or CDOT employee-only garage. Upon checking in at the front desk, you will need to provide your full name, email address and license plate number. If you've never been to the new CDOT headquarters, you will need to have your picture taken.

Virtual attendance

The session is open to the first 1,000 people who join the Google Meet. Click here to add this event to your calendar.


We invite you to submit questions for our panel in advance via this form. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions during the event.

Panel members

Ryan Mechem
Senior Cybersecurity Analyst, Information Security Office, OIT
Ryan is a senior cybersecurity analyst with the Governor’s Office of Information Technology where his primary role is working on the Joint Cyber Task Force while working with the state’s Security Operation Center. He has over 20 years of experience in IT and cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors. 

Johnathan Reaghart
Supervisory Special Agent, FBI, Denver Field Office
Jonathan is the Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) for the FBI Denver Cyber Task Force, where he is responsible for the management of computer intrusion and cyber crime investigations in Colorado and Wyoming. SSA Reaghart previously served at FBI Cyber Division in Washington, D.C. and worked computer intrusion investigations at the FBI Washington Field Office for more than a decade.

Derek Booth 
Assistant to the Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. Secret Service, Denver
U.S. Secret Service ATSAIC Derek Booth is one of the founding members of the Mountain West Cyber Fraud Task Force (MWCFTF), which consists of 200+ members including federal, state and local law enforcement, network security personnel, private business owners, and academia partners in the Rocky Mountain region. Derek became a Forensic Examiner in 2012 after spending his first 13 years on the job protecting a plethora of dignitaries including President George W. Bush.

David Sonheim
Chief of Cybersecurity for CISA Region 8, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
David serves as the one of CISA’s Cybersecurity Advisors within region VIII, covering Colorado, South Dakota and North Dakota, where he promotes cyber resilience with public and private sector partners through various engagements and performs risk and resilience-based assessments. David began his federal career in 2002 with the Department of Defense (DoD) in the Information Management Directorate for the Colorado National Guard G6 office.

Craig Hurter 
Senior Director, Information Security Office, OIT
As the Senior Director of Information Security at the Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology. Craig oversees the enterprise information security and service management programs, protecting information assets and associated technology, applications, systems, infrastructure and processes. 

Benjamin Edelen 
Chief Information Security Officer, Boulder County
Benjamin is the Chief Information Security Officer for the City of Boulder, Colorado. Benjamin’s program protects the city through risk management and a people-first security culture.

Moderated by Michael Mercer
Whole of State Program Manager, Information Security Office, OIT
Michael is responsible for ensuring local government entities are provided cybersecurity resources to help protect Coloradans’ information from compromise. Prior to joining OIT, Michael was the Chief Security Officer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the Denver Field Office, which included nine Resident Agency Offices located throughout Colorado and Wyoming. His responsibilities included information/cyber, industrial, physical, and personnel security.