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Upcoming (ISC)² Event in Washington, D.C., Has Educational Aim

Many tech industry conferences focus on presentations, exhibitions, and a dash of cocktail lounge ambience. The organizers of CyberSecureGov have a different idea.

Security lines on a chalkboard conceptThere are many different benefits of certification. Perhaps foremost among them is the opportunity to add to the stockpile of basic computing knowledge required simply to enter the IT realm in the first place. Certification in excellent meant of furthering and expanding your the IT education you already have, whether formally or informally obtained.


The learning doesn't end, however, once you pass the exam and add some initials to your CV. In the case of any IT specialization, and at the specific behest of most certification organizations, the certified professional continues to study and accrue information. IT is continually evolving, and IT professionals are expected to keep up with the changes.


That's why an annual event like CyberSecureGov, organized by information security industry association (ISC)², can play such an important role in the neverending cycle of professional development. CyberSecureGov 2017, to be held May 9-11 in Washington, D.C., serves the natural function of facilitating meetings and the exchange of information.


It's also somewhat unique among industry conferences, however, in that most of the three-day gathering is purpose-designed to facilitate and further the professional education of attendees. Described by organizers as an "educational platform," CyberSecureGov maximizes opportunities for (ISC)²-certified professionals to add CPEs, the professional education units required for recertification.


Among the laundry list of hot-button cybersecurity topics that will be addressed at this year's event are the following:


● Cloud Security
● Threat Intelligence
● Critical Infrastructure Protection
● Automation and Agility
● NIST Cybersecurity Framework (Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, Recover)
● Professional Development
● Business, Financial, and Risk Implications
● Identity Access Management
● The Privacy Challenge


CyberSecureGov, now in its fifth year has lengthened its stride, adding a third day for the first time. The theme of this year's CyberSecureGov also expands the educational focus of event organizers. Instead of simply targeting certified professionals, the conference will discuss means of preaching and teaching greater vigilance to all sectors of the global workforce.


The theme of the conference, Educating the Workforce in Cyber, is a reference to the ongoing need for workers in all industries to be smarter about cybersecurity. With computers and the internet now central to almost every area of global commerce, services and infrastructure, it's more important than ever before for even the least digitally-connected laborer to understand basic security principles.


With its specific focus on increased security in government functions and government infrastructure, CyberSecureGov should be of particular interest to government employees. Somewhat paradoxically, governments often draw heavily on IT talent, while in many cases falling well behind the technology curve.


Registration and additional information regarding CyberSecureGov are available online.