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34th Annual FISSEA Conference

FISSEA Federal Cybersecurity, Innovation, Awareness, Training
Credit: NIST

Agenda | Directions | Lodging and Food

Register for the 34th Annual FISSEA Conference! Join us in-person on May 14-15, 2024 for two days of presentations, panels, and exhibits offering information on strengthening cybersecurity awareness and training programs in the federal government.

Interested in exhibiting? If you would like to reserve an exhibit table (space is limited), display a poster, or share literature at the FISSEA Conference, email us at fissea [at] (fissea[at]nist[dot]gov). There is no charge to be an exhibitor. 


To be announced.  

May 14, 2024 | 8-5PM ET
May 15, 2024 | 8-3PM ET

Keynote Presentation: Lance Spitzner, SANS


  • Federal employees involved in educating their workforce on cybersecurity and privacy topics

  • Professional cybersecurity and privacy learning program and curriculum developers

  • Researchers, educators, industry, government, non-profits interested in awareness and training programs, workforce culture, and human risk management

  • Developers of innovative products and services that enable developing the skilled workforce


The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is located at 9700 Great Seneca Highway, Rockville, MD 20850.

 Directions to the NCCoE from Interstate 270 North:

  • Take Exit 6B for Maryland 28/W Montgomery Ave toward Poolesville/Darnestown
  • Merge onto W Montgomery Ave
  • Turn left onto Darnestown Rd
  • Turn right onto Great Seneca Highway
  • Take the first left to arrive at the NCCoE, which will be on your left.

 Visitors can park in the front of the building. Additional parking can be found on the west side of the building.

 Building Access & Security

All conference attendees will be required to sign in with security and show an accepted form of I.D.

  • Effective May 7, 2025, agencies can only accept a state-issued driver’s license or identification card from states that are compliant with or have an exemption for the REAL ID Act.  See the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) site to confirm if your ID is compliant
  • NIST also accepts other forms of federally issued identification in lieu of a state-issued driver's license, such as a valid passport, passport card, DOD's Common Access Card (CAC), Veterans ID, Federal Agency HSPD-12 IDs, and Military Dependents ID.

 Foreign nationals must present a valid passport (original only) or alien registration card (green card) upon arrival.

lodging and food:

Courtyard Gaithersburg Washingtonian Center
204 Boardwalk Place
Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20878

The preferred hotel that is near to the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is the Courtyard Gaithersburg Washingtonian Center. A limited block of discounted rooms will be available at a prevailing government rate of $258/night (room rate does not include tax or any applicable fees). The hotel will be providing a free shuttle service to and from the NCCoE. Additionally, the hotel is located in the Rio Washingtonian Center with shopping and restaurant options. 

 You can reserve your room now!

Note: Your conference registration fee will cover breakfasts, lunches, and beverages (coffee, tea, and soda) throughout the event.

Created December 20, 2023, Updated February 29, 2024