AFCEA International is hosting the Cyber Education, Research and Training Symposium (CERTS) in Augusta, Georgia, home of Fort Gordon, the Army Cyber Center of Excellence, and Army Cyber Command. CERTS brings government, education, research, and industry leaders together to focus on advancing cyber workforce development, training, retention, and support. The theme for 2022 is “Developing Our Cyber Workforce to Meet Current and Future Challenges.” Leaders from the Joint Cyber Community, along with Industry, Government, and Academic experts will discuss how senior leadership are developing the nation’s Cyber Workforce to prepare and address challenges of today and tomorrow.
Frequently Asked Questions
Know Before You Go
Prepare to be Aware
Conferences present opportunities for America's adversaries to target U.S. government employees, academia, defense industry and other personnel to collect our critical information. Be a hard target! Use good OPSEC practices to protect yourself and your organization's mission.
- Be aware of your surroundings when discussing sensitive unclassified critical information during the conference and after hours, in common/public areas (e.g. social gatherings, networking mixers, etc.).
- Be suspicious of strangers. Even though they sound like they belong at the conference, don't assume they are there for the same purpose as you.
- Use caution when sharing information with someone you don't know. Ask others to confirm a person's identity before sharing critical information about your organization's past, ongoing or future operations/activities/events. Protect your personal information, such as your room number and daily schedule. Don't give out your business cards freely, particularly when outside the United States. Remember, phishing is still the #1 adversary threat vector into your personal and government computers/devices/networks.
- If you use a laptop or other portable electronic device (personal or government-owned), use it cautiously. Disable the Bluetooth and WLAN/Wi-Fi connections when not in use, and if you use this type of connectivity, understand that you may expose personal and work-related critical information to an adversary. Be especially cautious when using unencrypted/unsecure WLAN/Wi-Fi hotspots.
BE SMART! BE SAFE! PRACTICE GOOD OPSEC!