Today’s guest is Jim Wiggins, Executive Director at the Federal IT Security Institute (FITSI). Jim is in the studio to talk about options for cyber training with a federal focus.
Let’s face it: federal information technology professionals have a limited amount of time to learn best practices for cybersecurity and then, keep up to date.'Creativity is a skill that is not given enough credence in the cyber community' Jim Wiggins, CEO Federal Information Technology Security Institute (FITSI) Click To Tweet
There are a lot of certifications that one can get that can be applied to commercial as well as federal IT. Probably the best known is the CISSP. The question listeners must ask is, “What possible good would it do me to waste training time learning about regulations for banks in Oklahoma?”
If you crushed for time, it seems reasonable to take what little resource you have to training and apply it directly to your environment. That is where the FITSI can come to the rescue.
Their focus is having a deep and thorough understanding of federal cybersecurity regulations. If you spend seven hour in a FITSI course, you will throw all the extraneous information out the window and have a laser-focus on federal topics. FITSI gives you cyber training with a federal focus.
During the interview, Jim Wiggins talks about the deep relationships FITSI has with NIST as well as organizations like DGS. Because of this specific knowledge, they can provide training that is not misdirected.
Jim Wiggins also mentions the FITSI initiative called the Wounded Warrior Cyber Combat Academy. They take veterans and give them the targeted skills to be valuable in a federal environment.
Where do yiou think is the best place to learn federal cybersecurity?