FISSEA is a forum for Federal Information Security Educators to share information, effective practices, and solutions regarding cybersecurity awareness, training, and industry-recognized certifications for the federal cybersecurity workforce.
The 32nd Annual Conference will be held on June 27th and 28th, 2019 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The Conference theme is Innovations in Cybersecurity Awareness and Training: A 360 Degree Perspective.
FISSEA attendees will gain insight into (but are not limited to):
- Driving cultural change through innovative strategies in awareness and training;
- Strengthening your workforce’s knowledge, skills, and/or abilities through training and how that improves the risk posture of the organization;
- Developing awareness programs based on best practices, that are compliant, and promote safe security behaviors;
- Creating a cybersecurity training and education baseline that establishes minimum practices to reduce vulnerabilities.
- Adapting training to address a multi-generational workforce and improving learning outcomes;
- Creating effective, meaningful, and impactful security training using available resources.
With the continued increase of threats to our networking environments, cybersecurity awareness and training are critical to building and maintaining safe environments. Protecting information assets is everyone’s responsibility not just cybersecurity/IT specialists and those with privileged access. We live in an ever-growing digital and communications centric world. Being a part of the “Internet of Things” is a way of life, making understanding of risk and mitigation critical to providing effective security. Each one of us is a key contributor to ensuring the security of our digital economy and preventing damage from malicious or unintentional attacks. The FISSEA conference brings together visionaries, experts, and novices from industry, academia, and government to discuss and share leading practices on improving Cybersecurity through Awareness and Training. This two-day conference provides:
- Recognition of those who are building innovative and effective security awareness and training programs;
- Presentations showcasing best practices and innovative ideas; and
- The opportunity to connect, learn, share, and network with other security professionals and thought leaders in industry, academia, and government.
- Track 1: Building Innovative Approaches to Awareness Programs How do you build an effective cybersecurity awareness program? Now is the time to provide specifics -- what exactly is an innovative awareness program? We are looking for presentations on how your organization’s cybersecurity culture changed; institutionalizing information security into the organization’s mindset through a comprehensive awareness program (not an hour a year) – come tell us what innovations you are doing to champion and lead this transformation. In this track, we are looking for presentations that raise the bar for cybersecurity awareness programs, products, events, and activities.
- Track 2: Developing Skills through Innovative Role-Based Training How do you address individual training requirements when individuals perform multiple roles? Is it the content, the instructor, the student interaction, the delivery medium, or the location that has the most influence on training acceptance? What factors make the most difference in learner acceptance and transference? In this track, share your innovations with the FISSEA community and make a difference in shaping the behaviors of the federal cybersecurity workforce.
- Track 3: Implementing Comprehensive Awareness and Training Programs How are you using awareness and training to engage all employees at your organization? How have you built a comprehensive awareness and training program that includes managers, executives, technical, nontechnical staff? How do you ensure employees know their cybersecurity responsibilities and how they contribute to risk reduction? How do you measure performance and demonstrate benefits? In this track, we are looking for presentations that help to answer and address these questions.
The Federal Business Council (FBC) hosts an exhibition with table top displays which includes an exhibitor fee. The Exhibitor Showcase provides an opportunity for government agencies, institutions of higher education, and private sector or non-profit organizations to showcase products and services. Organizations can share general services, highlight projects and initiatives, and other information for the purpose of creating awareness about their capabilities. Exhibitors should contact the FBC directly to make arrangements.
To participate in the exhibitor showcase, click HERE.
Special instructions for government agencies:
To participate in the exhibitor showcase as a government agency, contact Eric Longo at email@example.com to register. Government agencies are NOT charged a fee to participate during this exhibition, but they still need to register their participation with the FBC.
FBC Federal Government/Exhibitor Representative
Unfortunately, NIST does not provide any specific information regarding CEUs/CLEs. Attendees are always welcome to self-report to their authoritative certification bodies to request CEUs/CLEs. You may download a form here .