FAYETTEVILLE – The Fayetteville Ft. Bragg chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is hosting a full-day conference filled with cybersecurity presentations, panels, demos, classes and networking aimed towards local students, professionals and military veterans transitioning into the workforce.

Cyber Warrior Con will be held tomorrow, February 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fayetteville Technical Community College.

Chapter representative Carlos Valencia says organizers are expecting a turnout of around 250 attendees, ranging from high school students to entry-level professionals to senior leaders in cybersecurity and IT.

“ISSA decided [to hold] this event to highlight the information technologies community in Fayetteville and Cumberland County,” Valencia adds. “We wish to bring attention to the area in hopes to promote an inclusive learning environment. Our goal is to become an educational and supportive pipeline to individuals being hired locally and abroad.”

Panels, presentations and other sessions will cover everything from cybersecurity fundamentals to artificial intelligence to firewalls to devops to digital forensics and incident response.

There will also be career advice and resume assistance from professionals and recruiters, as well as an interactive capture the flag event. Networking breaks and technical activities will take place throughout the day.

In the future, ISSA hopes to make Cyber Warrior Con an annual event, an addition to its regularly scheduled monthly meetups.

“We are proud to have in our midst some of the industry’s most knowledgeable professionals bridging the gap between the local colleges, local community and veterans,” Valencia says. “In addition to education, the Cyber Warrior Conference offers great networking opportunities for those at an entry level all the way up through seasoned professional.”

Tickets are free on Eventbrite.