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FISSEA Winter Forum: February 14, 2024

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

The FISSEA Forums are quarterly meetings to provide opportunities for policy and programmatic updates, the exchange of best practices, and discussion and engagement among members of the Federal Information Security Educators (FISSEA) community. 

ThemeAlways Learning: Keeping Current 

FISSEA Winter Forum: Always Learning, Keeping Current
FISSEA Winter Forum: Always Learning, Keeping Current

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1:00pm - 1:10pm

Welcoming Remarks

Marian Merritt, FISSEA Lead, NICE Deputy Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology 

Brooke Crisp, IT Cybersecurity Specialist, FISSEA Co-Chair, Social Security Administration


1:10pm - 1:50pm 

Opening Keynote: They Give Love a Bad Name: How the FTC Educates Consumers to Spot, Stop, and Report Romance Scams

Lesley Fair, Federal Trade Commission   

In 2022, people reported financial losses of a staggering $1.3 billion due to romance scams with a median loss of $4,400. Those numbers reflect only reports to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Database and could be just the tip of the broken-hearted iceberg. What do we know about who romance scammers target – the demographics may surprise you – and how do they overwhelm people’s defenses? Learn more about the FTC’s sometimes counter-intuitive strategies to help consumers spot, stop, and report romance scams.    


1:50pm - 2:20pm

Using OSINT Model to Identify Threats to Critical Infrastructure 

Katie Shuck, Lead Cyber Intelligence Analyst, South Dakota Fusion Center


2:20pm - 2:30pm 




2:30pm - 3:00pm  

Featured Panel: NIST SP 800-50

Marian Merritt, FISSEA Lead, NICE Deputy Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Susan Hansche, CISA/CSD Training and Development, Department of Homeland Security

Kevin Sanchez-Cherry, Cybersecurity Policy, Architecture and Training Lead, US Department of Transportation,  Office of the Chief Information Officer

Don Walden, Internal Revenue Service 

Join the NIST SP 800-50 authoring team to learn about key changes and new concepts for managing a cybersecurity and privacy learning program in your organization. These subject matter experts from several federal agencies will share the thinking that went into the guidance. 


3:00pm – 3:30pm  

Featured Presentation: How Works

Wes Quigley, Federal Bureau of Investigations 

Rachel Yurkovich, Federal Bureau of Investigations 


3:30pm – 3:55pm 

Featured Presentation: What’s New, and What’s Ahead, at the National Cybersecurity Alliance

Lisa Plaggemier, Executive Director, National Cybersecurity Alliance


3:55pm - 4:00pm   

Closing Remarks

Maureen Premo, Cyber Defense Education and Training (CDET), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)


Created November 13, 2023, Updated March 6, 2024