September 20, 2016 at 6:30 PM

ISSA National Capital Chapter September meeting topic:

Understanding the Federal IT Security Professional (FITSP)
by Jim Wiggins


The Federal IT Security Institute (FITSI) is a non-profit organization managing and administering a role- based certification program known as the Federal IT Security Professional (FITSP). This credential is for Managers, Designers, Operators, and Auditors of Federal IT systems. By earning the FITSP credential, candidates demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of Federal IT security management, operational, and technical control requirements and the best means by which to validate their proper installation and operation.

FITSP measures candidates based on standards and guidelines promulgated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and other relevant Federal statutes and regulations. Collectively, these Federal documents comprise a special Federal Body of Knowledge (FBK) for the IT security workforce.

Mastery of the FBK provides a detailed framework for synergistically applying the technical knowledge and expertise acquired through other security certifications. Through certification as a Federal IT Security Professional (FITSP), military, civilian, and contractor personnel demonstrate their understanding of the interrelationship of Federal requirements that define the physical and logical security control objectives necessary to protect and defend Federal information systems.

The four FITSP certification designations - Manager, Designer, Operator, and Auditor - represent certification roles from the FBK that are specifically tailored to fit the job requirements of every person in the Federal workforce who has significant IT security responsibilities.

This 1-hour presentation will provide an overview of the Federal IT Security Professional certification and the requirements for obtaining it. 

About the Speaker
jimwigginsJim has over 18 years direct experience in the design, operation, management, and auditing of information technology systems, with the past 14 years focused on information systems security. He has an extensive background in technical education and specializes in security certification courses targeted at federal and government contracting clients.

Additionally, Jim is the founder and executive director of the Federal IT Security Institute (FITSI). FITSI is a 501c6, non-profit organization that provides a role-based IT security certification program targeted at the federal workforce.

Jim is also the executive director of the FITSI Foundation. The FITSI Foundation is 501c3 public charity that runs the Wounded Warrior Cyber Combat Academy (W2CCA).

Currently as a contractor, Jim provides education and training support for the Federal Network Resilience Division at DHS and its Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program.

In 2011, the Federal Information Systems Security Educators’ Association (FISSEA) named him “Educator of the Year” for the impact he continues to make in the federal workforce.



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Non-members are welcome without charge! Light refreshments will be served.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016 6:30 PM

Center for American Progress (CAP)
1333 H St. NW
Washington, DC, 20005

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