SANS NetWars, an interactive security challenge, gives participants the chance to compete while earning continuing education units (CEUs) to help sustain certifications. The event will take place May 15 and 16, 2013, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center during AFCEA’s East: Joint Warfighting event. NetWars is a hands-on computer and network security competition that enables participants to test their experience and skills in a safe, controlled environment.
The deadline for submitting technical papers drafts, tutorial proposals and panel proposals for MILCOM ’13 is now April 30, 2013, and the requirement for submitting abstracts has been eliminated. Acceptance notifications will go out on June 28, 2013. The deadline for final papers, tutorial materials and panel materials is August 16, 2013. Professionals in industry, academia and government are encouraged to contribute and participate in this event, which takes place November 18 to 20, 2013, at the San Diego Convention Center in California.
As part of the association’s outreach to increase the number of young members, the AFCEA Intelligence Department features the Emerging Professionals in Intelligence Committee (EPIC). The group comprises approximately 50 members under the age of 40 that all work in intelligence-related positions in the government or in the private sector.
The AFCEA Professional Development Center (PDC) course schedule for January 2013 to January 2014 has been mailed and is available for viewing and download. Many PDC courses qualify for continuing education units (CEUs) in support of CompTIA certifications: A+, Security+, Network+ and CompTIA Advanced Security Professional. The list is available as a PDF, and registration for courses is available online.
The cancellation of several military and government conferences is among the latest collateral damage of financial belt-tightening and looming additional defense budget cuts. But the real question is, “So what?” Read that question carefully. It does not mean, “What does it matter?” but rather “What do global security professionals do now to develop effective networks with the business sector?”
And, those are only two of the important questions raised by the reduction in the number of conferences during a time when cutting costs is crucial. Among the others are:
Ranging in topics from cloud computing to supply chain management, AFCEA’s Cyber Committee has published five white papers. Available on the committee’s website, information ranges from the basics to high-level recommendations that will be useful not only to organizations’ information technology personnel but also to leadership planning strategies for the future.