Some say the information age dawned as early as the early 1970s with the birth of email, while others may argue the light wasn’t realized until the early 1990s with rise of the World Wide Web. Either way, there’s no doubt that the era of information sharing is at least into its third decade with a growth rate that rivals a computer virus. Yet in a time when information travels at the speed of light, the public continues to be astonished when once-private information goes, well, public.
SIGNAL Connections September 2013
AFCEA International’s Corporate Member Only Forum will focus on current and future cybersecurity staff needs. A panel of experts will discuss what it takes to ensure network security through knowledge. Dr. Earnest McDuffie lead for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, National Institute of Standards and Technology, will moderate the discussion.
On October 7, AFCEA will launch the first Cycle for STEM fundraising ride. A team of 20 cyclists will leave Pittsburgh on a 335-mile, six-day ride to Washington, D.C., to raise funds for AFCEA science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational programs. On Saturday, October 12, 30 more cyclists will join the team that launched from Pittsburgh for the last day of the ride.
What does riding a bike have to do with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education? For several AFCEA International employees, the answer is: a lot. The two were batting around ideas for future cycling trips when one suggested a ride from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., that could also serve as a fundraiser for the AFCEA Educational Foundation’s STEM scholarships.
Sean McGowan, director, member and chapter services, and Terry Rogers, manager of events for AFCEA’s Defense team, brought the idea to AFCEA leadership, and the idea will come to fruition October 7-12, when the first Cycle for STEM ride will take place with 20 riders.
|Lt. Gen. John R. (Bob) Wood, USA (Ret.), is AFCEA's new executive vice president, defense.|
A recovering economy coupled with sequestration and a crippled Congress has left many AFCEANs looking for new or better jobs. Today, writing effective résumés and filling out job applications online isn’t the only way to find that perfect position. AFCEANs can take advantage of members-only tools to help the process along.
AFCEANs know that while they belong to an international organization, the significant influence they can have on the world often takes place at the local level. But because AFCEA International’s reach is global, the headquarters staff considers the world its local community. Less than 70 people call the headquarters (HQ) building in Fairfax, Virginia, their home away from home five days a week, but these individuals have been involved in a variety of volunteer projects over the years that have made the global village just a little bit better and feel a little smaller.
During the past several months, AFCEA International has been boosting the value of membership with programs such as the Corporate Member Only Forum, the Mentoring Continuum and the CERT STEPfwd training package. Simultaneously, AFCEA Membership Committee members have been discussing how to increase membership among underrepresented groups to enhance all members’ networking opportunities during AFCEA and AFCEA chapter activities. These groups include active-duty military and government personnel as well as Young AFCEANs–those members age 40 and under.