Agenda

 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

1400 - 1900

Registration Opens
Terrace Room

1600 - 1900

CERTS Ice Breaker
Marriott Hotel

 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

0700 - 0800

Registration and Continental Breakfast
Terrace Room and Oglethorpe Ballroom Foyer

0800 - 0815

Welcome and Symposium Overview
Oglethorpe Ballroom

0815 - 0845

Operational Environment Presentation

Overview:  As a man-made environment, Cyber is constantly and rapidly changing.  Threat tactics and techniques, commercial technology advances, keyboard lessons learned, and policy decisions are just some of the elements making this environment incredibly dynamic for those charged with preparing and supporting our military and civilian cyber workforce.  Our training and educational institutions all bring different approaches and diverse talents to address these challenges.  This diversity is a remarkable national strength.  In similar fashion, research centers and business partners in this cause of building workforce proficiency add their ideas and insights to the tools and practices promoting cyber security.  This dynamism and vital teamwork form the simple but powerful premise of CERTS – we are most powerful as a team of professionals.  To start our conversation, we offer this Cyber Threat Update to set some common understanding about threats, cyber security operations, technologies, and policy decisions.
Oglethorpe Ballroom

0845 - 0930

National Cyber Policy and Programs Update

Overview: In similar fashion to our first presentation, it’s important to update our understanding of national policy and programs impacting cyber workforce development.  From new executive orders to framework initiatives through funding decisions, it is apparent that such development is now a top priority in both government and business.  Progress is being made.  Where are real advances happening that combine strategic objectives with resources and necessary authorities?  Equally important, what issues need great attention or broader understanding?  This session combines expert insights and senior perspectives on important national initiatives and policies of interests to all stakeholders working to accomplish vital education, training, and support to those charged with accomplishing cyber security and operational objectives.         
Oglethorpe Ballroom

0930 - 1000

Break

1000 - 1100

Workforce Education and Training

Overview: A range of education and training models are being used in academia, the military, and industry.  Each model suits student needs, work requirements, and resources available.  The end goal, however, is likely the same – an adaptive cyber worker trained to standard, ready to accomplish mission tasks, and excited in their profession.  No doubt, the education and training models themselves are meant to be adaptive.  This panel seeks to present three representative models – military, academic, and industry – producing quality graduates for today’s cyber workforce.  Are there common lessons to share?  Are there opportunities to cooperate, share, or adapt across these varied approaches?  What can this panel and audience of cyber professionals add to our collective understanding of both the challenges and opportunities facing those charged with producing a trained and ready cyber workforce?     
Oglethorpe Ballroom

1100 - 1230

Networking Lunch
Plaza Lobby

1230 - 1330

Service Perspectives on Workforce Training and Operations

Overview: Individual training of the military’s Cyber Workforce is now the responsibility of the various services.  In their training centers, each of the military components execute their responsibilities to match their mission demands.  Once assigned to operational units, individual service members face present and evolving threats in the accomplishment of their daily tasks.   While there are DoD skill frameworks and much better persistent training environments, each service faces a variety of challenges due to the domains in which they operate and the organizations they support.  How is each Service adapting and executing their education and training programs for individual service members and teams?  What help is needed to build and sustain readiness in execution of the Services’ 24/7 mission sets?  How are they capturing best practices and applying the newest tools and techniques?
Oglethorpe Ballroom

1330 - 1345

Break

1345 - 1445

Joint Perspectives on Workforce Training Exercises

Overview: In May 2018, US Cyber Command certified full operational capability for all 133 Cyber Mission Force teams, ahead of schedule.  This certification was achieved against rigorous individual and team standards demonstrated in specialized training events.  These exercises continue as the Cyber Mission Force shifts from force generation to sustainable readiness.  The Commander of US Cyber Command now emphasizes Persistent Engagement, a 24/7 operational mindset against an adaptive and equally persistent threat.  The Combatant Commands are now specifically charged to implement and sustain collective training for the Cyber Mission Force to meet this readiness standard.  The design and implementation of training and education varies in scope and emphasis based on the differences between COCOM Areas of Responsibilities.  Invited panelists will speak to the design and execution of their exercises, the lessons being learned, and their support needs. 
Oglethorpe Ballroom

1445 - 1515

Break

1515 - 1630

CAE Perspectives Panel on Workforce Education and Training

Overview: Key players in the education of the nation’s Cyber Workforce are those institutions designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, Operations and Cybersecurity.  Both NSA and DHS certify and partner with academic institutions to enhance cyber education nationwide and develop the next generation of cybersecurity workers.  With associated CAE resource centers, these national resources for cyber education and training advance standards and practices supporting the education and training of all elements of the Cyber Workforce.  The list of certified institutions continues to grow as does the variety of curriculum offerings.  This panel of noted educators representing different National Centers of Academic Excellence offer vital perspectives and insights on the process of CAE certification, the real practice of cyber education, and the evolution of this critical national effort in academia.
Oglethorpe Ballroom

1630 - 1800

Networking Reception

 

 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

0700 - 0800

Registration and Continental Breakfast
Terrace Room and Oglethorpe Ballroom Foyer

0800 - 0830

Opening Keynote
Oglethorpe Ballroom

0900 - 1000

Cyber Education and Training Perspectives from Industry

Overview: Cyber Workforce Development is crucial to business.  Whether offered as a service or practiced to meet internal requirements, the content and variety of education and training models, products, and services is remarkable.  These important industry partners are constantly innovating to meet market demands and technology advances.  This panel offers representative companies an opportunity to discuss their progress and products supporting our common goals of Workforce Development.  What are the integration challenges and notable opportunities facing these key partners – Academia, the Military, and Industry?  How can we reinforce our efforts, share our lessons, and better accomplish mutual objectives?  The continuum of cyber work links the migration of cyber workers across all sectors.  How can this continuum be leveraged to the advantage of all cyber workers, business activities, and operating elements?
Oglethorpe Ballroom

1000 - 1245

Workshop #1
"From Classroom to 'On the Job' - Educating and Training a Ready Force"

Overview: Workshops offer all symposium attendees an opportunity to participate in relevant discussions generally related to the specified workshop topic.  Attendees select a preferred workshop at registration.  Typically led by a workshop lead moderator and supported by 3 - 4 workshop sub-topic leads, workshop participants join other subject matter experts, actual cyber students and educators, and cyber operators in open and active analysis of a variety of issues and questions.  Note takers capture insights, open issues, and recommended actions for subsequent distribution.  This remarkable networking activity continues to produce new insights and useful ideas, and introduce or reinforce new connections helpful to all those engaged in the training and education of the Cyber Workforce.  Key questions addressed in this workshop will be posted in advance of the CERTS event by the Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence workshop planning team.    

1000 - 1245

Workshop #2
"Research Initiatives - Advances for Government and Industry"

Overview:  Workshops offer all symposium attendees an opportunity to participate in relevant discussions generally related to the specified workshop topic.  Attendees select a preferred workshop at registration.  Typically led by a workshop lead moderator and supported by 3 - 4 workshop sub-topic leads, workshop participants join other subject matter experts, actual cyber students and educators, and cyber operators in open and active analysis of a variety of issues and questions.  Note takers capture insights, open issues, and recommended actions for subsequent distribution.  This remarkable networking activity continues to produce new insights and useful ideas, and introduce or reinforce new connections helpful to all those engaged in the training and education of the Cyber Workforce.  Key questions addressed in this workshop will be posted in advance of the CERTS event by the Army Cyber Institute workshop planning team.

1000 - 1245

Workshop #3
"Talent Management and Workforce Development - Building and Sustaining the Workforce"

Overview:  Workshops offer all symposium attendees an opportunity to participate in relevant discussions generally related to the specified workshop topic.  Attendees select a preferred workshop at registration.  Typically led by a workshop lead moderator and supported by 3 - 4 workshop sub-topic leads, workshop participants join other subject matter experts, actual cyber students and educators, and cyber operators in open and active analysis of a variety of issues and questions.  Note takers capture insights, open issues, and recommended actions for subsequent distribution.  This remarkable networking activity continues to produce new insights and useful ideas, and introduce or reinforce new connections helpful to all those engaged in the training and education of the Cyber Workforce.  Key questions addressed in this workshop will be posted in advance of the CERTS event by the AFCEA’s Cyber and Homeland Security Committee workshop planning teams.

1000 - 1245

Ongoing Break
Oglethorpe Ballroom Foyer

1300 - 1400

Networking Lunch
Plaza Lobby

1400 - 1445

Workshop Out Briefs
Oglethorpe Ballroom

1445 - 1500

Final Comments and Event Close
Oglethorpe Ballroom

Overview: Individual training of the military’s Cyber Workforce is now the responsibility of the various services.  In their training centers, each of the military components execute their responsibilities to match their mission demands.  Once assigned to operational units, individual service members face present and evolving threats in the accomplishment of their daily tasks.   While there are DoD skill frameworks and much better persistent training environments, each service faces a variety of challenges due to the domains in which they operate and the organizations they support.  How is each Service adapting and executing their education and training programs for individual service members and teams?  What help is needed to build and sustain readiness in execution of the Services’ 24/7 mission sets?  How are they capturing best practices and applying the newest tools and techniques?