SOLD OUT - Cybersecurity for the Non-Technical Program Manager

SOLD OUT - Cybersecurity for the Non-Technical Program Manager


Dr. Nima Zahadat

Essential Assets Group, Inc.

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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This event is sold-out.

The ability to secure information within a modern enterprise—large or small—is a growing problem. Threats to information security are global, persistent, and increasingly sophisticated. Long gone are the days when managers could hope to secure the enterprise through ad hoc means.

Effective information security at the enterprise level requires participation, planning, and monitoring. It is an ongoing effort that requires management and staff to work together from the same script. Fortunately, the information security community has developed a variety of resources, methods, and best practices to help modern enterprises address the challenge. Unfortunately, employing these tools demands a high degree of commitment, understanding, and skill—attributes that must be sustained through constant awareness and education.

This seminar is designed to inform managers at government agencies of the requirements for security and privacy. The instructor will define the role of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) and the Risk Management Framework (RMF) and tie them all together in such a way that even the non-technical Program Manager will understand. The seminar will be highly informative, include open discussion of current information security news and events, and provide attendees with a foundational understanding and importance of various cybersecurity mandates and guidelines.

Specifically, attendees will:

  • Become informed of requirements posited by the federal government for security and privacy
  • Learn the role of FISMA mandates along with FIPS 199 and FIPS 200 guidelines
  • Understand NIST’s special publications 800-37 and 800-53 and why they are developed
  • Learn about common security attacks and concerns
    • Social engineering
    • Physical breaches
    • Policy breaches and consequences
    • Phishing
    • Two-factor authentication breaches
    • Web breaches
    • Mobile security breaches
    • Social media issues and concerns
    • Privacy violations and consequences
    • Become familiar with countermeasures and defenses regarding these breaches
    • Learn a comprehensive approach including where NIST fits in
    • Discuss the application of common-sense solutions
Event Location

Double Tree Hotel
1960 Chain Bridge Rd
McLean, VA, 22102

Agenda and Cost:

(Fee includes seminar, materials, breakfast, and lunch)
$450.00 - Member Registration
$499.00 - Nonmember Registration

Special Instructions

Cancellations will only result in a refund if made 48 hours or more to the start of the event.

PDUs Available: 
7.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 
Leadership 2.0 PDUs, Strategic and Business Management 3.0 PDUs, Technical 2.0 PDUs

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.

Industry / Sector


Information Technology, including organizations that utilize Agile development methodologies

About the Speakers

Dr. Nima Zahadat

Essential Assets Group, Inc.

Dr. Nima Zahadat is a Senior Instructor and Consultant specializing in information systems and engineering with more than 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, application development, and database systems. He is frequently asked to be a keynote speaker on current topics related to information systems and security.

Dr. Zahadat has designed, developed, and taught information system curricula courses in the fields of security, cyber security, web design, database management, programming, visualization, virtualization, networking, and system administration to the commercial sector, the Department of Defense, and within the University setting. He has advised and mentored both graduate and undergraduate students and supported their academic work and career development across multiple universities within Northern Virginia.

Dr. Zahadat earned a bachelor’s degree in Theoretical and Applied Mathematics, a master’s degree in Management of Information Systems, and a PhD in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management. He holds more than 30 industry certifications from industry-recognized certifying bodies including Cisco, Microsoft, EC-Council, CompTIA and more.

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