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Software Special Interest Group  

MITRE Corporation
7515 Colshire Drive,
Building 2
McLean, Virginia

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May 23    5:30 pm - 7:15 pm (GMT -5:00) EST

Risk Management Frameworks, Life Cycle Application, and

Professional Certifications

Presented by Mr. Walter Cekala, ISSA-NOVA

Deputy-VP for Education

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

5:30 – 6:00 PM Networking & Pizza

6:00 – 7:00 PM – Evening Program

7:00 – 7:15 PM – Special Announcements

*There is no cost to attend at McLean or Silver Spring

Specialized professional certifications benefit practitioners and employers through application of good practices and specific bodies of knowledge – ASQ offers members 19 quality certifications.

In this session, consideration will be given to value added by professional certification in general and risk certifications in particular. There is knowledge gained through education, skill gained through experience, and evolution gained through membership in professional organizations involving collaboration with your peers.  What better way to improve the quality of the practice than continuous improvement and life-long learning?  These are more than catch phrases. How many frameworks do we need?  Which life cycles apply? What are the appropriate certifications? What are the criteria and qualifications for obtaining these certifications? To address these questions, we will take a glimpse at two of the many risk management frameworks and how they may intersect or overlap. We will provide an introductory compare and contrast of the National Institute of Standards and Technology approach and the Program Management Institute (PMI). Where do these fit in the life cycle of our activities? How do these fit in your personal and organizational goals?

 Only personal opinions are expressed.

Walter Cekala is a Senior Network Architect at Defense Point Security, LLC.  His previous positions include program risk manager for a Major Acquisition Program leading a team of more than 30 support staff delivering land mobile radio program support to approximately 95,000 users.  He has been an active member of the IEEE Antenna and Propagation society for more than 10 years and is a life member of the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association.  As the telecommunications manager for the Department of Defense Education Activity from 1993 to 2000, He traveled extensively to manage multiple teams for design and installation of Local Area Networks and Internet connections at schools in 17 countries supporting more than 12,000 staff and 100,000 students.  In the 1980s, He worked as a liaison to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization improving quality, reliability, and resilience of secure communications.  He began teaching circuit conditioning in 1975 and in 1980 was recognized for risk management and engineering activities improving secure, international network engineering efforts support of a significant Department of Defense communications network.  His risk related certifications include FITSP-A, FITSP-O, CRISC, and PMI-RMP.

Locations and Registration

The presenter will be at the MITRE-2 location with presentation remote dial-in available to the out of region participants.

available to the out of region participants:

MITRE Corporation

MITRE-2 Building, Room 1N100

7515 Colshire Drive, McLean, VA 22102


Host: Dave Morse, Cell: 808-226-2222

MITRE Corporation

Room 2503

260 Industrial Way West

Eatontown, NJ 07724


Host: Aaron Dagen, Desk Phone: 732-578-6301

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (White Oak)

Building 66, Room G512

10903 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20993

Host: James Simpson, Cell: 301-996-4976

Registration: https://asq509.org/ht/d/DoSurvey/i/26913

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Join online meeting: https://asq509.webex.com/asq509/j.php?MTID=m0a010c24d11fa032bb527bf80e1a7c75


Meeting number

801 837 070

Meeting password


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1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)


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You must register by noon on Monday, May 22, 2017. If you cannot attend at one of our physical locations, simply select telephone dial-in when you register.  FDA (Silver Spring) cannot host non-citizen visitors.  If not a US citizen, please provide your title, employer, and address.  Allow 5 business days for registration before the meeting.

For registration problems or further information contact Rhonda Farrell at:

 [email protected] or 831-419-4585