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(ISC)2 releases government program for conference in Philly alongside ASIS

(ISC)2 (“ISC)-squared”), the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information security professionals and administrators of the CISSP, has released the full education program and speaker line-up for the government track of its second annual Security Congress event, taking place September 10-13, 2012 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Once again, (ISC)2 Security Congress will be co-located with the ASIS International 58th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, bringing together more than 20,000 professionals from more than 90 countries for three days of education, networking, and an expansive exhibit floor of security products and services.

The complete ISC2 program can be viewed by clicking here.

“The current threat landscape that transcends both traditional and logical security demands the collaboration of professional support organizations like ASIS and (ISC)²,” said W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, executive director of (ISC)². “It is essential that we acknowledge that these lines are blurred in both the public and private sectors and provide government security professionals with the knowledge and tools they need to continuously innovate and build their skill sets. We are pleased to collaborate with ASIS again on our second annual Security Congress to arm government attendees at all levels with the tools they need across a breadth of security disciplines.” 

For the first time, Security Congress 2012 features a multitude of educational sessions focusing on current and emerging issues, best practices, and challenges facing security practitioners in government, notes a press release issued by (ISC)2. These sessions are designed for all levels of security practitioners; from fundamental to advanced.

Notable government sessions and speakers include:

  • Chris Lowe, CISO, USDA; Peter Gouldmann, project manager, State-USAID IT Transformation Initiative, U.S. Dept. of State and Leo Scanlon, CISO, National Archives and Records Administration: “Securing the Cloud – Evolving from a ‘Benefits’ Mindset to a ‘Security’ Mindset”
  • Joe Jarzombek, director software assurance, DHS and Bob Martin, principle engineer, MITRE: “Automation Enabling the Convergence of Enterprise Physical and Cyber Security”
  • Kelly Wise, CISSP, project manager, Hilton Consulting Corporation: “Selecting Authentication Methods for Secure Government Networks”
  • Ernest McDuffie, lead for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), National Institute of Standards and Technology: “NICE: A High Level Overview”
  • Hord Tipton, executive director, (ISC)2; Matthew McCormack, chief information security officer, ODI: Brent Conran, chief security officer, McAfee Security: “Good Security on a Government Budget? Federal CISOs Do More with Less”
  • Dr. Ron Ross, PhD., fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology: “Conducting Risk Assessments in an Age of Advanced Persistent Threats: NIST Special Publication 800-30, Revision 1”
  • Ray Potter, managing director, Apex: “Mobile Security and the Collision of Federal Compliance Standards”
  • David Wilson, CISSP, attorney, Titan InfoSecurity Group: “Is the U.S. Already Engaged in a Cyber War?”

In addition, ASIS has designated Wednesday, Sept. 12 as “Law Enforcement/Military Appreciation Day,” featuring 21 educational sessions for those tasked with protecting the homeland. This will be kicked off by ASIS keynote Robert Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense. These sessions and the exhibits are being made available at no charge to active law enforcement and military attendees (valid ID required).

“The co-location of ASIS 2012 and the (ISC)² Security Congress provides public sector security practitioners unprecedented access to traditional and information security leaders in both the public and private sectors,” observed Eduard Emde, CPP, CISSP, president of ASIS International. “Managing risk and mitigating threats to people, property, and information is a mutual challenge for all security practitioners, but it is of the utmost importance for those today within the government, law enforcement, and military who defend the homeland and lead the fight against terrorism in all its forms.”

The Security Congress program is available online, offering attendees an opportunity to personalize their event experience. (ISC)² members are eligible for special discounted pricing and will be able to attend any of the ASIS events, including keynotes, networking lunches, the exhibit hall and more than 150 educational sessions. More details are available at www.isc2.org/congress2012.