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CHIPS Articles: Hardening the Human: The Power of Cybersecurity Awareness and Training

Hardening the Human: The Power of Cybersecurity Awareness and Training
By CHIPS Magazine - February 14, 2018
The Federal Information Systems Security Educators’ Association (FISSEA) is hosting a forum for exchanging information about security awareness, training, education and certification responsibilities. The 31st annual conference will be held March 14-15, 2018 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The Conference theme is Hardening the Human: The Power of Cybersecurity Awareness and Training, according to a NIST release.

With the endless onslaught of threats to our networking environments, cybersecurity awareness, education and training are critical to building and maintaining safe environments and educating a superior workforce. Protecting information assets is everyone’s responsibility not just cybersecurity/IT specialists and those with privileged access. We live in a digital world; everyone must be part of the solution.

Being a part of the “internet of things” has become the American way of life, making understanding risk and mitigation critical to providing effective personal and national security. Indeed, they are intrinsically bound. 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 onfor improving cybersecurity through awareness and training. FISSEA will offer insight into several areas:

  • Driving cultural change through innovative strategies in awareness, training, and education;
  • Strengthening your workforce’s security skills 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.

The two-day conference provides:

  • Recognition of those who are building innovative and effective security 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.

If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop. To attend the FISSEA forum, the cost is $120.00 with catering. Without catering service, the cost is $72.00.

Registration ends March 7, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. For lodging information and to register, please visit

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FISSEA Forum logo: Hardening the Human: The Power of Cybersecurity Awareness and Training
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