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Federal Information Systems Security Educators’ Association (FISSEA) "A New Era in Cybersecurity Awareness, Training, and Education"


FISSEA – now a NIST program under the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) announced the 25th Annual Conference. This year's theme, "A New Era in Cybersecurity Awareness, Training, and Education" will focus on security training on a budget, current cybersecurity projects, emerging trends and initiatives.  Attendees will gain new techniques for developing and conducting training, professional development, networking, and an opportunity to meet industry partners at the Vendor Exhibit.

Who Should Attend:
Individuals from government, industry, and academia who are involved with information systems/cybersecurity workforce development -- awareness, training, education, certification, and professionalization. Those new to the field as well as seasoned professionals would benefit from attending. Typical attendees: 

  • CISO Staff, ISOs and ISSOs
  • IT Managers
  • Information Security Educators and Researchers
  • CHCO Training and Development Personnel
  • Cybersecurity Trainers and Teachers
  • Instructional Designers
  • Curriculum Developers 

You Will Gain:

  • A better understanding of current cybersecurity projects, emerging trends, and initiatives
  • Awareness and training ideas, resources, contacts
  • New techniques for developing/conducting training
  • An update on the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)
  • Networking opportunities
  • Professional development
  • Opportunity to meet industry partners at vendor exhibit


Final Agenda (Last Updated: 03/27/2012)

Security Instructions:

Please note that there are now additional requirements for visitor vehicles entering the campus. When a Guest/Visitor checks in at the NIST Visitor Center at Gate A and intends to drive into the campus, they will have to show two documents: a Photo ID (State issued driver's license, Federal ID or passport) and a Vehicle Registration card. If a guest does not have a valid vehicle registration, they will be required to park at the Visitor Center and take the NIST Campus Shuttle. Visitors driving rental cars can show their rental agreement in lieu of vehicle registration.

Once you leave the Visitor Center, you will be asked to show the name badge you picked up and a photo ID before being admitted onto the campus.

The NIST Conference office coordinates security instructions with registered attendees directly.

Related Project(s):


Keynote speakers:

Admiral Patricia Tracey, Vice President of Industry Development, Department of Defense, Hewlett-Packard Company will provide an awareness, training, and education perspective while Admiral Betsy Hight, Director of the U.S. Defense Command and Control Infrastructure Practice at HPES has more of a technical perspective. Back by request will be Professor Neil Grunberg, Professor of Medical & Clinical Psychology Professor of Neuroscience Uniformed Services University Bethesda, Maryland for a motivational talk. Dr. Robert (Rocky) Young, Defense-wide IA Program (DIAP) and former Professor at NDU, has been invited to provide a keynote session on Digital Persona Protection.


Start Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
End Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Location: NIST Main Campus, Green Auditorium & Lecture Room B, 100 Bureau Drive Gaithersburg, Maryland
Audience: Industry, Government, Academia
Format: Conference


FISSEA – A NIST program under the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)


On-line registration will end at 5:00 pm EST on March 21, 2012. Registration fee $165 (includes lunches, breaks).

There are 2 contests that are a part of the annual FISSEA Conference:

1. FISSEA Security Awareness, Training & Education Contest

Gretchen Morris and Albert Lewis

Due date February 17, 2012
See complete rules: http://csrc.nist.gov/organizations/fissea/FISSEA-contest/contest-info.shtml

2. FISSEA Educator of the Year Award

See http://csrc.nist.gov/organizations/fissea/FISSEA-contest/
Email nominations to fisseamembership@nist.gov
Due date March 5, 2012 

Registration Contact:

NIST Conference Office:
Teresa Vicente, teresa.vicente@nist.gov, 301-975-3883

George Hall, george@fbcinc.com, 800-878-2940 x208



The Hilton
620 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

(301) 977-8900, -or- Toll free Hilton reservations at (800) 445-8667
REF: FISSEA meeting

Room rate: From $139.00 (includes full hot breakfast)

The hotel bus will make one trip in the morning and one trip in the afternoon to and from NIST. They will pick up and drop off in front of the Administration Building (101).

Technical Contact:

Peggy Himes, peggy.himes@nist.gov, 301-975-2489 -OR-
Pat Toth, patricia.toth@nist.gov, 301-975-5140


Vendor Contact:

Vendor Exhibition is March 28 only.

The vendor exhibition is handled separately from the conference registration.  Vendors coordinate directly with the Federal Business Council to exhibit. Based on past years, the anticipated conference attendance is 150 to 200.

Vendor Contact and for Information:
Shannon Grady, Federal Business Council
800-878-2940 x225