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Collaboration is Key: The ISSA AIM Program and ACI Learning, Working to Help Bridge the Gap from Education to Employment

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October 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

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Web Conference

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Irene Fisher


Lisa O'Connell


Preparing professionals for the workforce must be collaborative between training and education, employers, and industry associations. All parties receive benefit and value when the community comes together to bridge the gap to full-time employment. The ISSA Aim Program is an influential force that positively contributes to the cybersecurity workforce. ACI Learning provides training and education to build the necessary skills for workforce readiness.

In this session, we will discuss the challenges of an apprenticeship program and the solution ACI Learning and ISSA are working to develop. A partner ecosystem provides candidates training and helps identify opportunities for apprenticeships and full-time job opportunities placement with enterprise organizations. Join us for a lively interaction on the benefits of building bridges to success.


Dr. Shawn P. Murray – President, ISSA International

Shawn Murray is President and CAO at Murray Security Services and was previously assigned to the United States Missile Defense Agency as a Senior cybersecurity Professional. His previous assignments include work with the US Army Cyber Command in Europe, US Air Force and with Commercial Industry in various roles in Information Assurance and cybersecurity. He has traveled the globe performing physical and cybersecurity assessments on critical national defense and coalition programs and has prepared reports for the House Armed Services Committee and has testified on cybersecurity and privacy issues for leaders in Congress. He is the lead cyber consultant at the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and sits on the national SBDC cyber working group.

Dr. Murray has worked with SBA, Colorado Attorney General’s office, NSA, FBI, CIA and the US Defense and State Departments on various Cyber initiatives and has over 20 years of IT, communications and cybersecurity experience. He has presented as a featured or keynote speaker for numerous conferences across the globe and enjoys teaching and presenting as a guest lecturer on Cybersecurity, business and computer science courses at his Cyber Academy and for several universities. He has several industry recognized certifications to include the C|CISO, CISSP and CRISC. He holds several degrees to include an Applied Doctorate in Computer Science with a concentration in Enterprise Information Systems.

Dr. Murray is a distinguished fellow at the Information Systems Security Association and was recently elected as the new president for their International Board of Directors. He enjoys spending time traveling with his family, researching and collaborating with other professionals in cybersecurity and Cyber Law and plays soccer on a local league in Colorado Springs.

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Chris Young – Director of Strategic Partnerships

As an enthusiast of contributing to the workforce, developing and upskilling professionals, and expanding the way individuals and organizations leverage technology and Cybersecurity, Chris has passionately worked in the IT/Cybersecurity industry for over 10+ years. From consulting, coaching and defining ways individuals can enter and progress within the industry, to the business side and expanding and growing businesses consciously around the security aspects that are important today. Chris has led the Colorado Springs location for ACI Learning over the past 6 years and now in a Strategic Partnership role, he aims to partner with other companies and organizations to leverage the strengths of each to guide to true meaningful outcomes for all that are served through the partnerships that are formed.

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Heidi McDonald – Communications Director, ISSA Denver Chapter

Experienced Director of Career Training with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Strong community and social services professional skilled in Sales Training, Coaching, Instructional Design, Team Building, Curriculum Development, and Public Speaking.

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ISSA Webinars and Conference series cover all the continuing education credits to maintain your cyber security certifications. (CPEs, CEUs, ECE, etc). Each hour is equal to one continuing education credit. Certificates of completion are available upon request after completion. For instructions, click here.

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