Cybersecurity conference features 70 sessions for every career level
Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (21 July 2015)—The urgent need for skilled cybersecurity professionals in today’s threat-filled business environment has created significant opportunities for employment and career growth. To help professionals in security and those looking to enter the field, global association ISACA is providing building blocks for a cybersecurity career at ISACA’s inaugural CSX 2015 event in Washington DC, USA, 19-21 October 2015.
According to ISACA’s 2015 Global Cybersecurity Status Report, 83 percent of respondents say cyberattacks are among the top three threats facing organizations today, and only 38 percent say they are prepared to experience one. Additionally, 92 percent of those hiring cybersecurity professionals say it will be difficult to find skilled candidates.
“There is a critical need for a workforce trained to prevent, detect and respond to increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks,” said Christos K. Dimitriadis, Ph.D., CISA, CISM, CRISC, international president of ISACA and group director of Information Security for INTRALOT. “There are tremendous opportunities to build a career in cybersecurity; the jobs are there. ISACA is helping to address the global cybersecurity skills gap through Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), which offers credentialing and training for professionals worldwide, including events such as CSX 2015.”
CSX 2015 will focus on practical cybersecurity solutions and guidance, tailored to every career level. Seventy sessions in three levels of complexity will be offered in seven educational focus areas, five of which align with the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) US Cybersecurity Framework: Identify, Protect, Defend, Respond and Recover. Several sessions to enhance skills toward building a career in cybersecurity will be offered, including:
- Integrating Cybersecurity into the System Life Cycle: One Team, One Security Mission by Ron Ross, Ph.D., of NIST
- Bridging Across National Frameworks to Support Workforce Development by Benjamin Scribner, CISM, of the US Federal Government
- Professionalization and Workforce Engagement by Diana Burley, Ph.D., of George Washington University and 2014 Cybersecurity Educator of the Year
Career-focused workshops also will be offered, including:
- Cybersecurity Fundamentals Workshops to prepare for the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate exam
- Think Like a Hacker by Ted Harrington of Independent Security Evaluators
- Hands-on Workshop on Human Hacking by cybersecurity expert John Sileo
CSX 2015 will also offer a Women in Security program with career guidance specifically for women, including:
- Personal Branding by William Arruda
- Women in Security: A Career as a Misfit by Alexa Clay, co-author of Misfit Economy
Additionally, CSX 2015 will host the Global CyberLympics World Finals, an international cybersecurity competition run by EC-Council Foundation pitting more than 80 teams from throughout the world to compete in person for the world championship award in ethical hacking. These CyberLympics team members build and demonstrate skills that add value in their countries and to their companies, while progressing their own careers. Registration for the Global CyberLympics continues until 31 July at www.cyberlympics.org.
Details about CSX 2015 are at www.isaca.org/cyber-con. Attendees can earn up to 32 continuing education hours.
Within the CSX program, ISACA plans to launch its CSX Practitioner certification in August. Additional information on cybersecurity and CSX is at https://cybersecurity.isaca.org.
ISACA (isaca.org) helps global professionals lead, adapt and assure trust in an evolving digital world by offering innovative and world-class knowledge, standards, networking, credentialing and career development. Established in 1969, ISACA is a global nonprofit association of 140,000 professionals in 180 countries. ISACA also offers the Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), a holistic cybersecurity resource, and COBIT, a business framework to govern enterprise technology.
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