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Call for Speakers - 3rd Annual Shaping the Future for Cybersecurity Education Workshop

"Connecting the Dots in Cyberspace"

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD
October 30 – November 1, 2012 

National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is seeking timely, topical and thought-provoking presentations for our 2012 Annual Workshop.

On October 30 - November 1, 2012 the National Initiative For Cybersecurity Education, the Academic community, the Business Community, our Federal, State, and Local governments, and the general public will meet at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland, for three days of stimulating intellectual discussions on cybersecurity education.Join us and share your expertise with a highly motivated, professional audience.

This year's theme, "Connecting the Dots in Cyberspace" was chosen to solicit presentations that reflect current collaborations in cybersecurity education projects, trends and initiatives that will provide pathways to future solutions. In addition to theme-based presentations, NICE is always pleased to accept submissions addressing other aspects of cybersecurity awareness, education, training, and workforce. Finally this year,  NICE will open a fourth track to showcase a discussion on the role of Competition in Cybersecurity.  This Track will include a poster session as well as speakers, and panelist discussions. Track 4 will be open to professionals and students alike.

The Workshop will simultaneously run Four Tracks:

  • Track 1 "Raising Awareness: Online Safety Starts with You";
  • Track 2 "Education, Professionalism and Certifications";
  • Track 3 "Training and Maintaining a Competitive Cybersecurity Workforce";
  • Track 4 "The Role of Competition in Cybersecurity".

Depending on your topic, you may wish to consider different modes of presentation including: Best Practices, Panel Discussions, Demonstrations, Lessons Learned, and Interactive Forums. The following topics are areas of interest for Conference attendees:

  • Social Media Security
  • Workforce Development
  • Professional Certifications
  • Education
  • Standards
  • Industries role in competition
  • Cybersecurity Awareness and Outreach Programs
  • Training methodologies (e.g., best practices, virtual training, tools used, evaluation strategies, etc.)
  • Defining the Cybersecurity Workforce
  • Defining competition and its effect on the Workforce?
  • Cyber Warrior - What do they look like? What do they need? How can we use them?

The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2012

To ensure the 2012 NICE Workshop addresses the interests and needs of the cybersecurity Academic, Public, and workforce community, you are invited to propose topics for speakers, panels, or breakout sessions. Anyone is welcome to submit a topic for discussion, but only a limited number of topics can be covered in the time available at the conference, so the agenda will be selected from the most appropriate submissions. Topics should align with the goals of National Initiative For Cybersecurity Education (NICE). Your opinion is very important to us and we offer our thanks for your suggestions.

Please be advised that no "sales pitches" are permitted. Those wishing a forum to demonstrate proprietary tools to our attendees and/or solicit business are welcome to participate in our Vendor Showcase on October 31, and November 1, 2012. Vendors are welcome and should contact Shannon Grady, Federal Business Council (, at 240.841.2225 to make arrangements for participation in the Showcase.

For further information please contact:
Magdalena C. Benitez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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