About the Cybersecurity Skills Development Workshops (CSDWs)

Traditional workshops focus on exposure to new techniques, tools, and instructional materials (i.e., train-the-trainer) by conveying information about a topic. By contrast, the Cybersecurity Skills Development Workshops are designed to develop mastery in skillfully applying techniques, tactics, tools, protocols, or procedures through competency-based instructional designs. These workshops focus on developing understanding and practicing application under varying conditions or scenarios.

The CSDWs, part of the 2023 Cybersecurity Capabilities and Careers Symposium – Great Lakes, assist in raising the capability maturity and readiness of students, faculty, practitioners, or policymakers to adopt and adapt the latest effective practices for performing cybersecurity functions and roles.

When: Saturday, August 5th, 8am-5pm.
Where: Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN

Saturday, August 5th Morning Session

Introduction to Cybersecurity Risk for Healthcare Systems

In this 1/2 day workshop, attendees will learn core concepts in managing cybersecurity risk for healthcare systems, and then apply them in hands-on exercises that bridge the theory with the real-world.

Saturday, August 5th Afternoon Sessions

Road Map to Becoming A Dynamic Cybersecurity Professional Upon Hire

In this 1/2 day workshop, participants will explore topics ranging from the work to be done before getting hired (e.g., working with recruiters, interviewing); the importance of stakeholder communication; creating your own road map that helps build a foundation as a cybersecurity consultant; What’s happens once you get hired?; learning development; mentoring relationships; work/life balance; mental health as IT/security professional; and more.

Understanding and Managing Benefits and Risks of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Cybersecurity

In this 1/2 day workshop, attendees will learn potential risks and opportunities of using Artificial Intelligence for cybersecurity. This workshop will show what professionals in this field know and do, including hands-on exercises that bridge the theory with the real-world. The most important particular technologies will be highlighted, with a focus on how using them can enhance defensive capabilities, but also potentially introducing new vulnerabilities as well.

Saturday, August 5th All Day Session

Capability & Skills Modeling for Operational Awareness

This 1-day workshop delivers critical thinking on general IT and security controls implemented in the organization. Participants will learn how to evaluate technology implemented across the enterprise and consider requisite capabilities to protect critical assets.