Safety in numbers: making sure all public servants have the cyber security skills they need

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October 19, 2023
Digital & technology

As more and more government services move online, the need for high quality cyber security skills becomes ever more pressing for departments and organisations.

This means that governments need to both recruit the skills they need to boost the cyber security of the crucial national systems and ensure that staff across government all have the skills and understanding that they need to keep government data secure.

This webinar looked at how governments can boost cyber security across the full range of departments and agencies, considering how organisations need to respond to the ‘new normal’ of flexible and remote working to ensure that the key information of government remains secure, and consider what techniques, such as zero trust, governments can use to make sure that they are eliminating as many threats as possible.

Join this webinar to find out:

  • How governments assess the cyber security threat it faces.
  • How governments can ensure public and civil servants take account of cyber security in policy and delivery.
  • How to ensure that officials have the cyber security skills they need.


Senior National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) Representative, United Kingdom

Biography to follow.

Matej Šalmík, Director, Training, Awareness, Cooperation and Support Centre, National Cyber Security Centre SK-CERT, Slovak Republic

Working at National Cybersecurity Centre SK-CERT under National Security Authority, Matej is responsible for broad activities. These activities are related mainly to strategic and decision level, legislation developing support, awareness raising, education, process developing and (last but not least) national and international cooperation. His team deal with all aspects of cybersecurity, from governance to operations. From his point of interest, Matej is more focused on strategic thinking, strategic documents preparation, consultations on important cyber issues with partners, awareness products developing, exercises and training organizations and optimization of processess on different organizational levels. His other focus includes risk management on sectoral and national levels.

Bernardo Palazzi, Advisor, Skill and Competence Development, National Cyber Security Agency, Italy

Bernardo Palazzi serves as Advisor for capacity and competence development at the Italian National Cybersecurity Agency (ACN). He is currently on leave from the National Institute of Statistics (Istat), where he holds the position of Senior Technologist. During his time at Istat, he served as Data Protection Officer (DPO) and previously organized security measures for the first online General Population Census. Additionally, he collaborates in the United States with Brown University, Providence, RI, where he serves as the Director of Graduate Study of the Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity (Computer Science Track) and as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science. His research interests encompass computer and network security, privacy tools, cloud security, and security visualization techniques. Bernardo Palazzi has authored several articles on computer security and holds an international patent related to database security. He also founded and served as the Chief Technology Officer of a cloud data security startup. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from “Roma Tre” University.

Eric Goldstein, Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity (CSD), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), USA

Eric Goldstein serves as the Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) as of February 19, 2021. In this role, Goldstein leads CISA’s mission to protect and strengthen federal civilian agencies and the nation’s critical infrastructure against cyber threats.

Previously, Goldstein was the Head of Cybersecurity Policy, Strategy, and Regulation at Goldman Sachs, where he led a global team to improve and mature the firm’s cybersecurity risk management program. He served at CISA’s precursor agency, the National Protection and Programs Directorate, from 2013 to 2017 in various roles including Policy Advisor for Federal Network Resilience, Branch Chief for Cybersecurity Partnerships and Engagement, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity, and Senior Counselor to the Under Secretary.

At other points in his career, Goldstein practiced cybersecurity law at an international law firm, led cybersecurity research and analysis projects at a federally-funded research and development center, and served as a Fellow in Advanced Cyber Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, among other roles.

He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Georgetown University School of Public Policy, and Georgetown University Law Center.

Webinar chair: Mia Hunt, Editor, Global Government Forum

Mia has been Editor of since 2019. She is a journalist and editor with a background in covering commercial property, having been Market Reports and Supplements Editor at trade title Property Week and Deputy Editor of Shopping Centre magazine, now known as Retail Destination. She has also undertaken freelance work for several publications including the preview magazine of international trade show, MAPIC, and Tes Global (formerly the Times Educational Supplement) and has produced a white paper on energy efficiency in business for E.ON. Between 2014 and 2016, she was a member of the Revo Customer Experience Committee and an ACE Awards judge.

Mia graduated from Kingston University with a first-class degree in journalism and was part of the team that produced The River newspaper, which won Publication of the Year at the Guardian Student Media Awards in 2010.