Agenda

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Presentations/Training Sessions
Augusta Marriott

9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Registration Open
Terrace Room

12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Creating a Comprehensive Security Fabric (Version 6.2)
Cumming Room

Matt France, Technical Trainer - Fast Track Program, Fortinet

Today’s new world of networking requires a new approach to security: one that is simple, yet intelligent, and secures the entire infrastructure; one that delivers full visibility into every viable network segment and the devices and endpoints behind them; one that can seamlessly integrate with third-party solutions, enabling users to ubiquitously collect, share, and correlate threat intelligence. The Fortinet Security Fabric represents an architectural security approach designed to dynamically adapt to today’s evolving IT infrastructure. This multi-layered approach provides broad, integrated, and automated protection against sophisticated threats.  Attendees at this session will receive an introduction to the Fortinet Security Fabric and participate in a discussion of the main business drivers.  Additionally, attendees will learn how to weave the security fabric for improved visibility and control; strengthen the fabric to protect against known threats, and expand the security fabric and enhance the value of fabric-ready partners.

Attend this technical training workshop and gain hands-on experience configuring a comprehensive security fabric including Fortinet products and Fortinet Fabric-Ready Partner products.

Note:  Attendees are requested to bring a laptop to enable participation in a lab portion of the training

Sign-up for session here

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Secrets to Successful Cyber Security Briefings
Lamar B
Approved for 2 GIAC CPEs: A+, Security+, PenTest+, CySA+

Alan Paller, Founder, SANS Institute

Security professionals often make errors while presenting important security information. Those errors cause their audiences – whether technical peers or senior leaders – to discount their ideas.  When speakers can eliminate those errors, their impact improves, and they can make a much greater difference in improving security.

In this fast-paced briefing you will see ten of the more important errors illustrated, understand how they impact audiences, and see ways to eliminate them. Among them is the single most common error security people make that loses audiences’ attention right from the start of their presentations. You will see examples of gruesomely bad visuals used in actual government security briefings. You will also see the most powerful tool good speakers use that many security speakers fail to employ. This short course at AFCEA CERTS is a subset of SANS new course of the same title that was developed to give SANS Technology Institute masters degree and undergraduate students an edge in presenting security information for maximum impact.

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2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Constructing a Secure SD-WAN Architecture (Version 6.2)
Cumming Room
Approved for 2 CEUs for A+, Network+, Security+, Linux+, Cloud+, PenTest+, CySA+, CASP+

Matt France, Technical Trainer - Fast Track Program, Fortinet

As organizations transition to a digital business model, their network topologies are significantly impacted.  The adoption of cloud services, the virtualization of the traditional network, and an increasingly mobile workforce accessing applications in the cloud are accelearting advancements in wide area networking technologies.  The traditional wide area network (WAN) is struggling to keep up because it relies on a static infrastructure of devices that simply can't accommodate shifting, and often temporary resource allocation and workloads.

Note:  Attendees are requested to bring a laptop to enable participation in a lab portion of the training

Sign-up for session here

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 

CERTS Ice Breaker
Marriott Hotel

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast
Terrace Room and Oglethorpe Ballroom Foyer

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Capture the Flag - Lower Level (Secondary Schools)
Georgia Cyber Center, Hull McKnight Building, Virtual World

0800 – 1000: students are assigned CTF leaders and conduct training. 
1000 – 1400: students participate and compete for the CTF challenge. 

Register for the Capture the Flag (separate from CERTS registration)

8:00 - 8:05 a.m.

Welcome and Symposium Overview
Oglethorpe Ballroom

LtGen Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), President & CEO, AFCEA International

8:05 - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Event Design
Oglethorpe Ballroom

MG Neil S. Hersey, Commanding General, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence & Fort Gordon

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Global Threat and Impact on the Cyber Workforce
Oglethorpe Ballroom

The importance of cyber security, as it is applied to security and space, is a high priority at all levels of government.  The presentation by Mr. Glenn Faillace will provide an overview of cyber priorities as guided by the Vice President of the United States and how enhanced cyber security can be achieved through training and information awareness at all levels within the United States.  He will highlight that cyber security is the responsibility of all of us and that training is both required and continuous at educational institutions as well as government and industry organizations.  No single individual or organization is responsible for our security.  It is the responsibility of all of us to understand the threat and to be smart in our day to day actions to be sure that we are responsible in the use of all devices that could be utilized as a threat or even a weapon tactic against us.  The goal of CERTS is to continue our conversation and enhance awareness so that there is a common understanding about threats, cyber security technologies, and policy decisions that guide us.

Glenn F. Faillace, Special Advisor to the Vice President, Cyber, Space, and WMD

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Executive Guidance for Cybersecurity Policy and Programs
Oglethorpe Ballroom

Building on the first presentation, this session will highlight some of the activities of the Office of Management and Budget to highlight the importance of funding for gaps in the federal technology and support for cybersecurity workforce.  The U.S. government is increasing its overall emphasis on recruiting entry-level Information Technology (IT) employees for the workforce.  Modernizing how we attract, recruit, and operate within our Cyber  workspace is essential to protecting our overall infrastructure.  A Federal Reskilling Academy that started in 2019 is intended to provide foundational cyber skills to support cyber defense analysis in an attempt to attract new employees to the Cyber Workforce.  In a similar fashion to our first presentation, this presentation will update the focus on national policy and programs impacting cyber workforce development.  

Suzette Kent, Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget  (invited)

9:00 a.m.

Exhibits Open
Oglethorpe Foyer and Plaza Lobby

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Networking Break
Oglethorpe Foyer and Plaza Lobby

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Cyber Workforce - Call to Action
Oglethorpe Ballroom

U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) has the responsibility of operating and defending Army networks and delivering cyberspace effects against all adversaries to defend the nation.   As such the command has a requirement for leadership oversight of over 16,500 Soldiers, civilian employees, and contractors.  Attracting and retaining the workforce are high priorities for the Command.  The cyber workforce requires expertise in all facets of an operational command that includes a consolidated workforce that is highly trained to defend the information network, to deliver both defensive and offensive cyberspace effects against adversaries and is capable of rapid deployment.  The training that is conducted reinforces education and training received by all members in a live threat environment.  Retention of the expertise of the Army Cyber Workforce is essential to the mission of the command and the safety of our citizens. This presentation will highlight all of the topic building blocks for the Cyber workforce as it applies to an operational cyber command organization. 

LTG Stephen G. Fogarty, USA, Commanding General, U.S. Army Cyber Command

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Four Keys to a World-Class Cyber Workforce Program
Oglethorpe Ballroom

Through innovation and determination, U.S. and U.K. military and civilian educators have forged increasingly effective cybersecurity manpower pipelines and discovered, along the way, which initiatives work better than others and which are counterproductive. This session brings together several of the most seasoned and productive of those educators to share key discoveries that had the greatest impact on ensuring that graduates of the national pipeline emerge with world-class cyber skills.  Among the core challenges the panel will address are how to select students who have the best chance to excel, how to overcome the key barrier identified by the military academies that stops most of their students from mastering the technical aspects of cybersecurity, how to inspire younger students with high aptitude to pursue cybersecurity as a career – especially young women, the foundational prerequisites for cybersecurity training, and how to measure the effectiveness of cybersecurity manpower programs.

Moderator
Alan Paller, Founder, SANS Institute

Panelists:
Michele D. Guel, Distinguished IT Engineer/Senior Security Architect, Cisco Systems
James Lyne, Chief Technology Officer, Sophos
COL Eric Toler, USA (Ret.), Executive Director, Georgia Cyber Center

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Lunch
Lamar ABC

12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

Federal, State, and Local Perspectives on Workforce Training and Education
Oglethorpe Ballroom

When you think of a Cyber Workforce, your first thoughts might be focused on the Federal Government to serve as the safety valve for all of us.  This is just one leg of the stool that includes State and Local initiatives and challenges to meet the needs of developing a robust and well trained cyber workforce.  Cybersecurity is a national imperative that reaches down to the local level within our states.  Efforts that impact all levels of government include, but are not limited to recruiting, evaluating, selecting, paying, and placing, and retaining cyber talent.  This session will address a leadership commitment by the U.S. Government to take a variety of actions to better manage cybersecurity risks through coordination nationally.  

Moderator:
John McCumber, Director of Cybersecurity Advocacy, North America, (ISC)
 
Panelists:

Earl F. "Fred" Bisel, Cybersecurity Education and Certification Readiness Facility Manager, Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC)
Chetrice Mosley, Cybersecurity Program Director, Indiana Office of Technology (invited)
Tom Peters, Ph.D., Executive Director, Carolina's Coalition for Mathematics & Science, Clemson University

 

1:45 - 2:00 p.m.

Networking Break
Oglethorpe Foyer and Plaza Lobby

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Academic Perspectives on Workforce Training and Education
Oglethorpe Ballroom

To attain a strong cybersecurity workforce, it will take a strong education component at all levels of education and training to close a gap of over 350,000 cybersecurity jobs.  We will see that much of this training occurs at Department of Defense Cyber Schools, but the majority of education and training occurs at schools, colleges, and universities.  K-12, Colleges, Universities, and Trade School are critical to the training and education of future cyber professionals.   Keeping STEM in mind, a cybersecurity focused degree will go a long way to enhance the overall cybersecurity workforce.  The rate of change and innovation requires that information security training and education can change to meet needs of today and tomorrow.  This session will provide leaders in training and education to share their successes and needs to help train and educate the cybersecurity workforce.

Moderator:
Paul J. Maurer, Ph.D., President, Montreat College

Panelists:
Raheem A. Beyah, Ph.D., Motorola Foundation Professor, School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech University
Kent Malwitz, President of Cyber Training Centers, UMBC (invited)
Alexander Schwarzmann, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, Augusta University
Edward Sobiesk, Ph.D., Chief of Education/Professor of Computer and Cyber Science, Army Cyber Institute

 
3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Networking Break
Oglethorpe Foyer and Plaza Lobby

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Industry Perspectives on Workforce Training and Education
Oglethorpe Ballroom

The Center for Strategic & International Studies released a study during January 2019 highlighting that “IT decision makers across eight countries found that 82 percent of employers report a shortage of cybersecurity skills and 71 percent believe this talent gap causes direct and measurable damage to their organizations.  There is clearly a cybersecurity workforce gap throughout all levels of government, academia, and industry.  Further, there is a critical need for industry to recruit and retain skilled cybersecurity professionals that can protect networks as well as intellectual property that are the targets of cybercriminals as well as nation-state actors seeking to steal valuable property that can then be used against U.S. Government or Industry.  This session will highlight how industry is addressing two key areas:  First, ensuring that the cybersecurity workforces is trained, and second how industry can reduce the shortfall of over 300,000 cybersecurity jobs.  

Moderator:
Phil O'Reilly, Vice President for Sales & Strategy, Juniper Networks (invited)

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

DOD CIO Role in Support of Cyber Security
Oglethorpe Ballroom

The responsibilities of the Department of Defense CIO includes all things relating to the DoD information enterprise.  This includes cybersecurity, communications, and information systems and essentially all matters of information management.  Associated responsibilities include information technology, information assurance, non-intelligence spaces systems, critical satellite communications, navigation and timing programs, and spectrum.  In common with all of these responsibilities is a skilled workforce to insure that all systems are working at peak performance and all DoD enterprise work can be accomplished.  This session will look at the broad workforce that is responsible for day to day operations, and how the DoD CIO attracts, trains, and retains a the men and women.

Essye B. Miller, Principle Deputy, Department of Defense Chief Information Officer, US Department of Defense

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception
Riverwalk Hallway

 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast
Terrace Room and Oglethorpe Ballroom Foyer

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Capture the Flag - Upper Level
Georgia Cyber Center, Hull McKnight Building, Virtual World

Register for the Capture the Flag (separate from CERTS registration)

8:00 - 8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Recap
Oglethorpe Ballroom

LTG Bob Wood, USA (Ret.), Executive Vice President, AFCEA International

8:15 - 8:45 a.m.

Challenges of Recruiting and Retaining the Cyber Workforce
Oglethorpe Ballroom

A discussion of recruiting and retaining the cyber workforce directly impacts our Armed Forces and Fort Gordon is the home of the Army Signal and Cyber Schools, that have the responsibility for training and shaping soldiers as professional Signal and Cybersecurity operators.  At a higher level, there is the overall requirement and challenge of managing and shaping talent management for Soldiers overall.  Developing talent is a key to cybersecurity and to developing a robust plan to acquire, develop, employ, and retain the best men and women within the Army.  This session will provide a glimpse of Army Talent Management and introduce to the audience a program entitled AIM 2.0 that will move Army force forward.  It will empower commanders in the assignment process and provide transparency and knowledge of placing the best men and women in essential roles.  The program will match skills with training, education, and experience to enhance the warfighting value of every Soldier.

MG Garrett Yee, USA, Assistant to the Director, Defense Information Systems Agency (invited)

8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Military Talent Management Panel
Oglethorpe Ballroom
 

Moderator:  
CSM Carlos M. Simmons, USA, Command Sergeant Major, Army Cyber Center of Excellence & Fort Gordon

Panelists:
CSM Christian Adkison
CSM Julie Guerra, USA, Cyber Corps CSM, U.S. Army Cyber School
CSM Richard D. Knott, United States Army Signal School
SGM Camie A. Rodgers, Talent Manager, Sergeants Major Branch, Enlisted Personnel Management Directorate, U.S. Army Human Resources Command Fort Knox

9:30 a.m.

Exhibits Open
Oglethorpe Foyer and Plaza Lobby

9:45 - 10:15 a.m. Networking Break
Oglethorpe Foyer and Plaza Lobby
 

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

STEM and Beyond - Building the Talent Pipeline
Oglethorpe Ballroom

Why has the U.S. ranking in STEM dropped from on top or near the top of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) leadership over the past 15 years and is there a correlation between STEM expertise and a U.S. failure to attract, train, and retain STEM related cybersecurity talent.  Is the student population that is falling behind, the teachers who may not be qualified, or is it something else?  In order to attract, train, and educate the workforce that can meet cybersecurity needs of today in the workforce, elementary and secondary school age children must be attracted and essentially guided into the STEM.

Moderator:
Natalie Lorenz-Anderson, Vice President, K12 STEM Programs, Girl Scouts of Nation's Capital

Panelists:
Fellicia Cullars, STEM/STEAM Program Specialist, Georgia Department of Education (invited)
Ashley Gess, Assistant Professor of STEAM Education, College of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, Augusta University
William Rowe, Ph.D., Distinguished Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton
Amanda Schutt, Chief Operations Officer, Science from Scientists

11:30 a.m.

Lunch Buffet Opens

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Sharing Best Practices and Lessons Learned Breakout Sessions

Attract & Recruit

Train & Educate

Develop & Retain

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Breakout Group Summaries
Oglethorpe Ballroom

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Networking Break
Oglethorpe Foyer and Plaza Lobby

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

CTF Awards
Oglethorpe Ballroom

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Keynote #6
Oglethorpe Ballroom

This session will include an overview of the educational goals of the University of South Carolina with a focus on how the university will strive to enhance the academic skills, expertise, and marketability of graduating students.  Initial goals by the new President include academic excellence, more research dollars and opportunities, and increased diversity.  The President will also discuss the importance of an academic staff that continuously needs to refresh and update skills needed to help prepare students at the highest level to meet the full range of of job opportunities, as well as needs by the cybersecurity workforce.

LTG Robert L. Caslen, USA (Ret.), 29th President of the University of South Carolina

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Wrap-up Session & Survey
Oglethorpe Ballroom

MG Neil S. Hersey, Commanding General, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence & Fort Gordon
LtGen Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), President & CEO, AFCEA International

4:00 p.m.

No-Host Networking
Augustino's