Agenda

Instructor Training Sessions (Additional Charge to Attend)



  • 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

    Registration

  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Building Your Course Environment for the Clouds

    Instructor: Joe Holbrook, Freelance Instructor, Holbrook Professional Enterprises, LLC

    Now that the new CompTIA Cloud+ certification is out let’s talk about best practices to incorporate labs into the new program. This session will focus on labs within cloud environments to build, support and maintain cloud-based solutions. Join us as we look at different methods of implementing high-quality performance-based solutions within your program.

    Who should attend: Instructors currently or looking at beginning to teach a Cloud+ course. Participants should have previous networking experience and should hold at least Network+ certification or have equivalent experience in networking and cloud technologies.

    1 CEU credit per hour toward renewal of:

    • CompTIA A+
    • CompTIA Network+
    • CompTIA Cloud+

    Click here for more details.
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Joseph Holbrook

  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Getting Ready for the Next Generation of CompTIA A+

    Instructor: Walt Jaqua, Information Technology Instructor, South Bend Community School Corporation

    With the new version of the CompTIA A+ certification right around the corner, now is a good time to begin thinking about how to update you’re A+ offering. Join us in this session as we look at new ideas for teaching A+. The course will include labs that may cover areas of focus  in the next version of the A+ certification, including mobile and cloud.

    Who should attend: Instructors currently teaching CompTIA A+ or Introduction to IT courses. Participants should have basic understanding of computer concepts and operations.

    1 CEU credit per hour toward renewal of:

    • CompTIA A+
    • CompTIA Cloud+

    Click here for more details.
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Walt Jaqua

  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Hands On: Creating Robust CompTIA Network+ Labs in the Virtual World

    Instructor: Anthony Sequeira, Senior Technical Instructor at CBT Nuggets

    To be most successful ln teaching Network+, labs are crucial! Today there are a lot of new tools available to offer high quality hands-on experience to students in a virtual environment. This allows your students to gain performance-based skills such as building basic networks, connecting and configuring routers and securing networks. Join us in this session as we show how to add high quality virtual labs to your Network+ program providing valuable, experience to your students.

    Who should attend: Instructors currently or looking at beginning to teach a Network+ course. Participants should have previous networking experience and should hold at least CompTIA A+ and/or Network+ certifications or have equivalent experience in networking.

    1 CEU credit per hour toward renewal of:

    • CompTIA A+
    • CompTIA Network+
    • CompTIA Cloud+

    Click here for more details.
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Anthony Sequeira

  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Hands On: Lock-it-Down Network Resilience and Monitoring with CompTIA Security+

    Instructor: Mark VerhoevenFull-Time Networking Faculty, Muskegon Community College

    Networks are attacked form all sides. The cybersecurity practitioner must be on top of their game defending against various types of threats. What tools will be used? What is the best way to use them? How do you teach the cybersecurity practitioner? Join us in this session to find out various ways to teach security tools in a virtual environment. Utilizing various tools in a virtual environment is the best way to let students gain that performance-based experience they will need to put into practical use on the job.

    Who should attend: Instructors currently or looking at beginning to teach a Security+ course. Participants should have previous networking experience and should hold at least CompTIA Network+ or have equivalent experience in networking technologies.

    1 CEU credit per hour toward renewal of:

    • CompTIA A+
    • CompTIA Network+
    • CompTIA Security+
    • CompTIA Cloud+

    Click here for more details.
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Mark Verhoeven

  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Hands on: Capture the Flag Hackathon

    Instructor: Jack Zinser, Information Systems Security Advisor, Cyber Institute, General Dynamics Information Technology, Defense Division

    “Do you feel lucky punk?” That’s right, come join us and give it your best shot. Choose your team, red team, the attacker or blue team, the defender. This session will provide instruction for those looking to test their skill on the two sides of cybersecurity. Bring your laptop to remote into the systems and test your knowledge. Red team will look for weaknesses in the network and capture the flag while the blue team will work to build a resilient network keeping the red team out. “So, tell me, do ya?”

    Who should attend: Instructors currently or looking at beginning to teach cybersecurity pathway including CompTIA CySA and/or PenTest+. Participants should have previous networking experience and should hold CompTIA Network+ and/or Security+ certifications or have equivalent experience in networking and cybersecurity.

    • CompTIA A+
    • CompTIA Network+
    • CompTIA Security+
    • CompTIA Cloud+
    • CompTIA CySA+

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Jack Zinser

  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    CompTIA Instructor Training Course Attendee Lunch

  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Building Your Course Environment for the Clouds

    Instructor: Joe Holbrook, Freelance Instructor, Holbrook Professional Enterprises, LLC

    Now that the new CompTIA Cloud+ certification is out let’s talk about best practices to incorporate labs into the new program. This session will focus on labs within cloud environments to build, support and maintain cloud-based solutions. Join us as we look at different methods of implementing high-quality performance-based solutions within your program.

    Who should attend: Instructors currently or looking at beginning to teach a Cloud+ course. Participants should have previous networking experience and should hold at least Network+ certification or have equivalent experience in networking and cloud technologies.

    1 CEU credit per hour toward renewal of:

    • CompTIA A+
    • CompTIA Network+
    • CompTIA Cloud+

    Click here for more details.
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Joseph Holbrook

  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Getting Ready for the Next Generation of CompTIA A+

    Instructor: Walt Jaqua, Information Technology Instructor, South Bend Community School Corporation

    With the new version of the CompTIA A+ certification right around the corner, now is a good time to begin thinking about how to update you’re A+ offering. Join us in this session as we look at new ideas for teaching A+. The course will include labs that may cover areas of focus  in the next version of the A+ certification, including mobile and cloud.

    Who should attend: Instructors currently teaching CompTIA A+ or Introduction to IT courses. Participants should have basic understanding of computer concepts and operations.

    1 CEU credit per hour toward renewal of:

    • CompTIA A+
    • CompTIA Cloud+

    Click here for more details.
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Walt Jaqua

  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Hands On-Creating Robust CompTIA Network+ Labs in the Virtual World

    Instructor: Anthony Sequeira, Senior Technical Instructor at CBT Nuggets

    To be most successful ln teaching Network+, labs are crucial! Today there are a lot of new tools available to offer high quality hands-on experience to students in a virtual environment. This allows your students to gain performance-based skills such as building basic networks, connecting and configuring routers and securing networks. Join us in this session as we show how to add high quality virtual labs to your Network+ program providing valuable, experience to your students.

    Who should attend: Instructors currently or looking at beginning to teach a Network+ course. Participants should have previous networking experience and should hold at least CompTIA A+ and/or Network+ certifications or have equivalent experience in networking.

    1 CEU credit per hour toward renewal of:

    • CompTIA A+
    • CompTIA Network+
    • CompTIA Cloud+

    Click here for more details.
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Anthony Sequeira

  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Hands On: Lock-it-Down Network Resilience and Monitoring with CompTIA Security+

    Instructor: Mark VerhoevenFull-Time Networking Faculty, Muskegon Community College

    Networks are attacked form all sides. The cybersecurity practitioner must be on top of their game defending against various types of threats. What tools will be used? What is the best way to use them? How do you teach the cybersecurity practitioner? Join us in this session to find out various ways to teach security tools in a virtual environment. Utilizing various tools in a virtual environment is the best way to let students gain that performance-based experience they will need to put into practical use on the job.

    Who should attend: Instructors currently or looking at beginning to teach a Security+ course. Participants should have previous networking experience and should hold at least CompTIA Network+ or have equivalent experience in networking technologies.

    1 CEU credit per hour toward renewal of:

    • CompTIA A+
    • CompTIA Network+
    • CompTIA Security+
    • CompTIA Cloud+

    Click here for more details.
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Mark Verhoeven

  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    Instructor Network Training Reception

  • 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

    Registration

  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

    Breakfast Partner Expo & Networking

  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Welcome Address: Pathways for Success

    Presenters:

    Todd Thibodeaux, President and CEO, CompTIA
    Dr. James Stanger, Chief Technology Evangelist, CompTIA Certification

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Todd Thibodeaux

    Speaker

    James Stanger

  • 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

    Partner Expo & Networking

  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

    From Under-Employed to IT Professional: Young Adults Discuss Training Tools That Work

    Presenter: Raymond Bell, Founder, R. Emmanuel Bell Consulting

    This conversation with young adults will help keep your training fires burning. They will talk about how - without an IT background or college degree - they were empowered to launch life-changing IT careers. These young professionals will share what worked for them in everything from course design and the importance of support staff, to preparation for tests and a job. Join this this uplifting panel session and “Ask the experts” for ways to energize your classrooms.

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Raymond Bell

  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

    Cybersecurity Trends: A Report

    Presenter: John Dvorak, Chief Information Officer, Salient Inc, formerly of the FBI

    In this session, John Dvorak will provide insights into how attackers have morphed their strategies. He will discuss the motivations of today's hackers, as well as their new practices in gathering and selling information. Mr. Dvorak has decades of experience in the cybersecurity field, including over six years as an IT executive in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    John Dvorak

  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

    NIST Update

    Presenter: Bill Newhouse, Deputy Director, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)

    Want to get the latest news about the activites of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) initiative? Then drop in and learn directly from the source! Bill Newhouse, the NICE Deputy Director, will discuss current initiatives, and how they are helping address the cybersecurity skills gap.

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Bill Newhouse

  • 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

    Networking Break

  • 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

    Conference Lunch & Keynote: General Stanley McChrystal

    Lessons in Leadership

    In dynamic presentations on leadership, General Stan McChrystal shares lessons based on leading and innovating one of the world’s largest organizations. Modern warfare and business demand the same no-nonsense leadership that drives change and implements it across large organizations. He reveals the power of culture, communication, and relationships, sharing stories, experiences, and principles that make his points. Using high-end visuals, McChrystal addresses such key leadership principles as transparency and inclusion, leveraging the power of teams through relationships, leading by influence, relentless mission focus, and sharing a clear vision with everyone who must execute against it.

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  • 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

    Partner Expo & Networking

  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Accelerating Trends in Cybersecurity, and How to Keep Your Talent Up-to-Speed

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Tejas Vashi

  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    CompTIA's Cyber Security Suite

    CompTIA has responded to the growing need for cyber security experts by adding additional certifications to our already powerful offerings. This session will review each of our security related exams and detail how you can best integrate them into your educational offerings to produce a well trained cyber warrior.

    Presenter: Patrick Lane, Director of Products, CompTIA

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Patrick Lane

  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    IT Industry Trends

  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    U.S. DOD Cyber Workforce Update

    In this panel, key US Department of Defense leaders will discuss department initiatives, and how they have upskilled employees to complete those initiatives. The DOD Cyber workforce improvement program has evolved, and the 8140 program is upon us. We’ll be discussing changes in DOD programs, and how the DOD is addressing cyberspace workforce management initiatives and issues.

    Panelists:

    • Chris Kelsall, Branch Head, Navy Cyber IT/Cybersecurity Workforce
    • Ray Letteer, Chief, Cybersecurity Division, U.S. Marine Corps

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Chris Kelsall

    Speaker

    Ray Letteer

  • 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

    Networking Break

  • 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

    Registered Apprenticeships for IT - - A Cyber Security Model

    The time is right for IT Registered Apprenticeship programs specifically in Cyber Security. Employers and individuals seeking to upgrade their cyber security skills are looking to educators for answers. Harper, a community college outside of Chicago, developed a non-college credit Cyber Security Model with CompTIA credentials serving as the foundation. This Model uses the competency framework from the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and is offered through Harper's Continuing Education department. Attend this session to learn how it can be replicated at colleges and training centers throughout the country.

    Presenter: Dr. Rebecca Lake, Dean of Workforce and Economic Development, Harper College

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Rebecca Lake

  • 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

    Cybersecurity and the Corporate Workforce

    Today's corporations are creating sophisticated IT solutions at a rapid pace. They're managing risk more effectively than ever before. Join us to learn from a panel of corporate leaders about their current projects and initiatives, as well as the challenges they face. We'll discuss critical job roles, as well as the skills that today's employees need to have. If you're interested in getting a snapshot of the critical skills companies need today, and a look into how companies are protecting themselves and their clients, then we're looking forward to having you join us.

    Panelists:

    • Clarence Chase, US Identity Access Management Leader, Deloitte
    • Kenneth GonzalezPenetration Tester Consultant, IBM X-Force Red
    • John Kerr, Vice President Commercial CyberSecurity Solutions, Federal Data Systems

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Clarence Chase

    Speaker

    John Kerr

    Speaker

    Kenneth Gonzalez

  • 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

    Providing Critical Government Services: A Discussion

    This year, we have a terrific opportunity to hear from key government agency IT leaders. Interested in getting some insights? Join us in a conversation where we discuss the IT and security needs of these agencies. We'll discuss their current and future initiatives, the changes in today's job roles, and the skills that individuals need to help these agencies provide critical services as securely as possible.

    Panelists:

    • Lisa Dorr, Director, Workforce Planning and Development, Deputy Chief of Staff, HHS Office of the Chief of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
    • Noel Kyle, Cybersecurity Education and Awareness Branch, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • Kevin Sanchez-Cherry, CISSP, CFCP, COR, Cybersecurity Policy, Architecture and Training Lead, OCIO Office of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

    Click here for more details.
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Kevin Sanchez-Cherry

    Speaker

    Noel Kyle

    Speaker

    Lisa Dorr

  • 4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

    Networking Break

  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Building a Pipeline for Fulfilling Dreams

    The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center through unique partnerships with Microsoft, Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation, and local community colleges is providing short-term, hands-on CompTIA certification training that is creating a pipeline of qualified IT workers for Microsoft’s Boydton, VA facility, the largest data center in the world.

    Presenter: Kelly Shotwell, IT Academy Program Coordinator, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center

     

    Click here for more details.
    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Kelly Shotwell

    Speaker

    Anthony Putorek

  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    The Emerging Technology "Hat Trick": Blockchain, 5G and networking, and a fundamental shift in cybersecurity thinking

    Presenters:

    Dr. James Stanger, CompTIA's Technology Evangelist, will discuss key findings from his travels around the world. First James will discuss the current state of the blockchain with CompTIA's Stephen Schneiter. In addition to discussing practical blockchain implementations, they will re-create the smart contract demonstration they conducted at RSA 2018. Second, James will discuss the coming of 5G networking, as well as developments in cloud, IoT and edge networking. Finally, he'll discuss how cybersecurity professionals are steadily turning away from the age-old concept of the "defender's dilemma" to a relatively new approach, which is best described as the "hacker's dilemma."

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Stephen Schneiter

    Speaker

    James Stanger

  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    How Integrators are Upskilling their Cybersecurity Employees Today

    Contractors, integrators and solutions providers are key providers of government cybersecurity solutions. Join in this discussion to learn more about how these providers obtain requirements from the DOD, and then provide skilled individuals. We’ll be discussing how integrator universities train employees, obtain job and skills descriptions from the DOD, and use standards for upskilling. We’ll also be discussing their biggest challenges, and how they best adapt their tactics and strategies to provide cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions. Finally, we’ll be discussing how integrators get and keep a “seat at the table” when embedding learning into executive decision-making for future projects.

    Presenters:

    • John R. Heyman, Director Content Development & Delivery, Unisys University
    • Bob Totten, Intelligence & Security, BAE Systems

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    John Heyman

    Speaker

    Bob Totten

  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Networking Reception in Expo Hall

  • 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

    Registration

  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

    Breakfast Partner Expo & Networking

  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    IT Fundamentals and A+: A One - Two Classroom Combination

    Presenter: Steven LinthicumProject Director, Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program, Coastline Community College

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Steve Linthicum, JD, CISSP

  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    IT Trends: Research findings from 2018 and into 2019

  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Workforce Development Today: It Takes a State

    We've seen workforce development efforts in the United States take tremendous strides over the last few years. Join us for a panel discussion around the innovative approaches by the state of Texas to use WIOA funding to build skills levels to fill the open tech jobs. You'll hear inspirational stories of how they have helped solve long-standing workforce and economic development issues and create opportunities for individuals and employers.

    Panelists:

    • Julian Alverez, Commissioner of Labor, Texas Workforce Commission
    • Alex Meade, CEO, Mission Economic Development Corporation
    • Leila Melendez, COO, Workforce Solutions Borderplex

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Leila Melendez

    Speaker

    Alex Meade

    Speaker

    Julian Alvarez

  • 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

    Networking Break

  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

    Let's Talk about Cyber Ranges

    Presenter: Dr. Joe Adams,

    Cyber ranges are popping up in many different places and being used for many different reasons. One of the challenges in using a cyber range is determining what it can do and how you can use it to achieve your specific objectives. Dr. Joe Adams, Director of the Michigan Cyber Range and Chairman of the NICE sub-working group on cyber ranges, will discuss the different aspects of cyber ranges and how they can be used to build individual and team skills in information technology and cyber security.

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    William (Joe) Adams

  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

    Pathways to Advancement in IT Leadership

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Richard Spires

  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

    Trust the Plan, Do the Work, Get the Cert

    Presenter: Dan Neville, IT Program Director, Bryant & Stratton College

    Dan will share his educational mantra that he’s used for the past two years. His method has created an atmosphere of academic success that helps students reach their goal – earning a job-ready credential.

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Dan Neville

  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

    Upskilling Workers at the Veteran's Administration

  • 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

    Partner Expo & Networking

  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

    Conference Lunch & CompTIA Partner Awards Ceremony

    Presenter:John McGlinchey, Executive Vice President, Global Certification, CompTIA

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    John McGlinchey

  • 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Partner Expo & Networking

  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    Authentication 101 - How To Make Hackers Hate You

    Presenter: Dr. Mark CiampaAssociate Professor of Information Systems, Western Kentucky University

    Most users are uninformed about how to create multiple strong passwords and how to keep them safe. This is because there is a basic lack of understanding of how attackers crack passwords. In this session we will explore how to introduce learners into the world of security by teaching how to make and manage perfect passwords. This will be done by demonstrating how attackers crack passwords.

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Mark Ciampa

  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    Putting a cyber range to work: A hands-on explanation of red team / blue team education strategies

    Join penetration testers (red team) and security analysts (blue team) from General Dynamics Information Technology and CompTIA in a cyber range to see how professionals test and protect networks today. This demonstration is for technical and non-techical folks alike. You'll see red team members explain how they test systems, and then learn more about how security analysts help to create resilient networks. With each step, we'll take the time to discuss each step of the hacker lifecycle, and explain how today's penetration testers and security analysts work closely together to manage risk.  

    Presenters:

    • Pamela McComas, Project Manager, Cyber Institute, General Dynamics Information Technology, Defense Division
    • Jack Zinser, Information Systems Security Advisor, Cyber Institute, General Dynamics Information Technology, Defense Division

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    Speakers:
    Speaker

    Pamela McComas

    Speaker

    Jack Zinser

  • 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

    Networking Break

  • 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

    Meet Face to Face with the CompTIA Teams

    For this session, get ready to ask all of your questions to CompTIA product managers, content creators, sales representatives, and marketing professionals. And, be ready for some terrific answers! For this session, we’ll be dividing into small groups, where you can sit at a table and discuss key topics at each table. A few of the topics will include:
    • CompTIA content: What is it, and how can I learn more?
    • CompTIA certs: What’s next? What updates are happening? Tell me more about PenTest+. What is A+ going to look like?
    • Sales training essentials: How to position CompTIA products and solutions
    • Leveraging marketing collateral and tools: Using them the best way for your customers
    • What’s new about the CompTIA Marketplace?
    • CAPP Delivery Program: Best partner practices
    • Discussion of PenTest+: Why is red team / blue team so important?
    • Leveraging marketing collateral and tools: Using them the best way for your customers

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  • 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

    Network+ - I Spy A New and Dashing 007 In Your Future

    Networks espionage is all over the news these days, so having well trained network pros defending your network from hidden threats is essential.  Network+ has been updated and improved to include the latest hardware and virtualization techniques.  Critical security concepts are addressed as well as best collaboration practices for network and security professionals.

    Make sure this session is on your schedule.  “M” is depending on you.

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