Building the Next Generation of Cyber Defenders
Jim Wiggins is the Executive Director of the Federal IT Security Institute (FITSI). FITSI is a non-profit organization that provides a role-based IT security certification program targeted at the federal workforce. Jim was a keynote speaker at our recent GovDefenders Cybersecurity Virtual Event. GovDefenders was a digital conference focused on the public sector where professionals from leading IT companies, including NetApp, Symantec, ForeScout, Red Hat, Quest Software, SolarWinds, and DLT Solutions, discussed trends, best practices, and the future of public sector cybersecurity. His presentation was, “Building the Next Generation of Cyber Defenders.” In it, he discussed an advanced training and assessment program – the Wounded Warrior Cyber Combat Academy - currently in development by FITSI to arm our wounded warriors with technical skills that supplement their existing dedication, patience, and devotion to duty. During his presentation, Jim talked about changes in IT security, why cybersecurity training is so difficult, and the tracks they’ve developed to train cyber defenders. Jim possesses over 16 years direct experience in the design, operation, management, and auditing of information technology systems, with the past 12 years focused on information systems security. He has an extensive background in technical education and specializes in security certification courses targeted at federal and government contracting clients. In 2011, the Federal Information Systems Security Educators’ Association (FISSEA) named him “Educator of the Year.” If you're interested in how to implement cybersecurity training in your agency or curious how other organizations are developing cyber defenders, this is the perfect presentation for you!
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