• Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, USA, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, addresses attendees during the 2016 Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium. Photo by Michael Carpenter
     Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, USA, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, addresses attendees during the 2016 Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Earn CEUs While Getting Information Too

The Cyber Edge
May 24, 2017
By Breann Pendleton

If they play their cards right, conference attendees can get much more out of attending an event than just listening to the who’s who of this career field or that. At this year’s Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium, or DCOS, open ears can also lead to open opportunities. Not only do attendees get the chance to listen to experts, they can enhance careers by receiving continuing education units.

Currently, 21 continuing education sessions will be offered during the three-day symposium, hosted by AFCEA International. It takes place June 13-15 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore.

CEUs are offered during sessions that range from visualizing security trends on the network to mobile enablement, privileged user management, cloud services and business intelligence, to name a few. A full rundown of available sessions at DCOS is provided online.

Attending sanctioned sessions provides an opportunity for those attendees who must continue their education to maintain certifications.

CompTIA and GIAC review and approve conference sessions that support their certification maintenance programs, says Sheila McCoy, AFCEA’s professional development coordinator. “We post the approval information on our event websites and promote in email blasts so potential attendees understand they can maintain some certifications by attending approved sessions at our events.”

Formal continuing education attendance documentation is a benefit of AFCEA membership. AFCEA members who attend an entire session that qualifies for CompTIA CEUs and/or GIAC CPEs will receive an official  email documenting session attendance.

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and Joint Force Headquarters-DOD Information Networks (JFHQ-DODIN) will participate again at DCOS.

AFCEA’s Continuing Education (CE) program specifically targets support maintenance for cybersecurity certifications, including compliance for the Defense Department’s Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program, more commonly referred to as DOD 8570.01-M.

Approved sessions are noted on the event website and will be included in the event show guide and mobile app.

For the first time, AFCEA is partnering with CompTIA to showcase a five-hour mini-boot camp that will introduce participants to CompTIA’s newest security certification, CSA+.

Attendees will earn CEUs as they gain an understanding of the knowledge and skills required to configure and use threat-detection tools, perform data analysis and interpret the results with the end goal of securing an organization’s applications and systems.

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