Cybersecurity Symposium 2021
In recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, throughout the month of October the DOT Offices of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and Chief Information Security Officer will be hosting the 2021 Cybersecurity Symposium. This month-long virtual event includes three learning tracks and a vendor exhibit hall. Check in weekly for a finalized agenda of topics and exciting new education opportunities.
Track 1: Cyber Essentials (Information System Security Officers, System Owners, and Others)
Track 2: Cybersecurity Awareness and Solutions
Track 3: On Demand Sessions (National Cybersecurity Alliance and Other Videos.)
Wednesday Speaker Series
Each Wednesday in Tracks 1 and 2, subject matter experts from within the Federal government and industry will lead training sessions and educational seminars. These sessions will be available via an online platform which provides a conference experience. Each session features a live chat with speaker immediately following the presentation.
On Demand Session Track
After the initial presentation, most speaker recordings are available through-out the month along with our National Cybersecurity Alliance and other videos.
If everyone does their part - implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences and training employees - our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone. You're encouraged to utilize this event and its numerous resources to help stay informed and #BeCyberSmart.
Registration is now open and is accepted through October 31st. Please register and attend the sessions.
Join Our Symposium Cyber Challenge!
See if you can accumulate enough points to become a Cyber Champion! Your points will accumulate throughout the entire Symposium. The Component with the highest percentage of participation will be recognized by the DOT CIO. Attendees can accumulate points in any of the following ways:
· Visit an Exhibit Booth = 4 points per booth
· Download any material from an exhibit booth = 3 points/download
· Chat with an exhibitor representative = 2 points/chat
· Watch a speaking session = 2 points per session
200 Points = Cyber Champion
150 Points = Cyber Warrior
100 Points = Cyber Defender
50 Points = Cyber Sleuth
*To check your score on the event day, click on 'Help Center' and then on 'Giveaway Score'
Week of October 4 (Week 1): Be Cyber Smart
The #BeCyberSmart campaign is a national effort to raise public awareness of how to recognize cyber vulnerabilities and educate the nation on how to protect themselves against cyber assaults and take personal responsibilities for online measures. Recorded sessions are now available for on-demand viewing.
Week of October 11 (Week 2): Fight the Phish!
Cyber criminals have relied on phishing to steal credentials and personal information since the early days of online fraud and identity theft. However, modern phishing is far more sophisticated than it used to be. The attacks themselves so closely mirror legitimate emails that even savvy internet users fall victim. These fraudsters are supported by a thriving cybercrime ecosystem of tools and services that enable them to launch phishing attacks with ease.
Please click HERE for the Week 2 Agenda
Week of October 18 (Week 3): Explore. Experience. Share.
The third week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will delve into this new normal and the implications of today's environment. We'll look at trends that have emerged over the past 18 months along with trends that are likely to start. We'll also have a deep dive into how all of this has impacted our lives both at work and at home.
Week of October 25 (Week 4): Cybersecurity First
The final week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will look at how to keep cybersecurity as something to highlight throughout the year. Whether it's looking at connected devices, technological innovations or the personal and professional uses of technology, this week will look at how cybersecurity impacts consumers' and business' online.
Interested in learning even more about cybersecurity? Each Wednesday afternoon in October, following DOT’s Cybersecurity Summit 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is hosting their fourth Annual National Cybersecurity Summit. The virtual DHS CISA Cybersecurity Summit will be hosted via Microsoft Teams Live with webinars scheduled within timeframe of 1:00pm to 5:00pm EST. For registration and more information, please visit cisa.gov/cybersummit2021.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Will the event take place in-person, virtual, or a combination of the two?
ANSWER: This year's symposium will be held entirely virtually via the vConferenceOnline platform. Exact times for speaker presentations are still being coordinated, but registrants should plan for 2-4 hours of conference content each Wednesday.
2. Will I receive Continuous Learning Points (CLP) for attending this event?
ANSWER: Participants are encouraged to request CLPs for attendance at the conference; however, CLP certificates will not be issued by OST. Individuals seeking CLPs for attendance should coordinate directly with their supervisor(s) on requirements for submission and approval of CLPs.
3. How will I know I am registered successfully?
ANSWER: Upon completion of the online registration form, individuals will receive a system-generated email confirming registration. Additionally, all registered attendees will receive an Outlook Calendar invitation with full details to include the final agenda and remote participation information/links.
4. I have cybersecurity question/topic that I’d like to be addressed during a speaker session, how do I submit my question?
ANSWER: For most sessions, the speaker will interact with attendees using the platform’s chat function after the presentation closes.
5. How much will registration cost?
ANSWER: The conference is free of charge and open to all DOT employees and contractors.
If you have general questions regarding the conference, please contact us at S83-Training@dot.gov.
We hope to see you there!