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12th Annual Iowa Homeland Security Conference

 

2015 conference logoThis year's conference will take place Oct. 20-21, 2015, at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center at Veteran's Memorial, 833 Fifth Ave. in Des Moines.

 

In addition, there will be a FREE pre-conference training on cybersecurity on Monday, Oct. 19.

Registration

Early bird registration is $160. After Oct. 1, registration is $185. Parking fees are included with your paid registration (except walk-ins) for Oct. 20-21.

Click here to register!

Parking

Parking at the Iowa Events Center for Oct. 20-21 is included in the cost of your registration, and is available north of the events center with entrances off the following streets: Third, Fifth, and Crocker. ADA Accessible parking is available by entering the lot south of Crocker Street, next to the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. PLEASE NOTE: There are no "pass outs." If your car leaves an Events Center lot during the day, you will have to pay the parking fee upon returning to the lot.

 

Click here for more information on parking at the Iowa Events Center and downtown Des Moines, as well as maps and directions.

 

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Contact

 

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Agenda

 

This agenda is tentative and subject to change.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 20

 

8:15 a.m.

 

Welcome/Introductions

Director Mark Schouten - Iowa HSEMD

     

8:45 a.m.

 

Breakout Sessions

     

10 a.m.

 

Break/Networking

     

10:30 a.m.

 

Breakout Sessions

     

11:45 a.m.

 

Working Lunch

     

1:15 p.m.

 

General Session

     

2:30 p.m.

 

Break/Networking

     

3 p.m.

 

General Session

     

4:15 p.m.

 

End of Day 1

     

 

Wednesday, Oct. 21

 

8:30 a.m.

 

Breakout Sessions

     
     

9:45 a.m.

 

Break/networking

     

10:15 a.m.

 

General Session

     

11:30 a.m.

 

Working Lunch

     

1 p.m.

 

General Session

     

2:15 p.m.

 

Break/Networking

     

2:30 p.m.

 

General Session

   

General Session

     

3:45 p.m.

 

End of Day 2

     
   

 

 

 

Hotels

 

The following downtown hotels have a limited number of rooms set aside for conference attendees. Rooms are available at the rates listed below for check in as early as Sunday, Oct. 18, and checkout on or before Wednesday, Oct. 21. Any rooms still available after the dates listed below will be released. Please use the links on this page when booking your room.

 

Embassy Suites logo

Embassy Suites ($159/night + taxes)
101 East Locust St., Des Moines
515.244.1700

Group code: HOM

Must reserve room by: Sept. 18, 2015

Holiday Inn logo

Holiday Inn Downtown ($97/night + taxes)
1050 Sixth Ave., Des Moines
515.283.0151

Group block name: Iowa Homeland Security Conference

Online code: OME
Must reserve room by: Oct. 1, 2015

Quality Inn & Suites logo

Quality Inn & Suites ($97/night + taxes)
929 Third St., Des Moines
515.282.5251
Group block number: 2158796*

Group block name: Iowa Homeland Security Conference

Must reserve room by: Sept. 18, 2015

*When booking online, choose "Special Rate/Corp ID" in the "Select Special Rate" field, then enter the group block number.

 

The following hotels outside the downtown area also have a limited number of rooms set aside for conference attendees.

 

Best Western logo

Best Western Plus Altoona Inn ($90/night + taxes)
300 34th Ave. NW, Altoona
515.967.2400
Group block name: Iowa Homeland Security

Must reserve room by: Sept. 18, 2015

Please call the hotel directly to book your room.

Drury logo

Drury Inn & Suites ($97/night + taxes for single room)
5505 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines
800.325.0720

Group block number: 2247363

Must reserve room by: Oct. 1, 2015

Ramada Tropics logo

Ramada Tropics ($55/night + taxes)
5000 Merle Hay Rd., Des Moines
515.278.0271

Group block name: Iowa Homeland Security

Must reserve room by: Oct. 1, 2015

Please call the hotel directly to book your room.

Sheraton Inn West Des Moines ($97/night + taxes)

1800 50th St., West Des Moines

888.627.8043

Group block name: Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Must reserve room by: Oct. 1, 2015


 

Presenters

 

Eric Sorchik, former New Jersey state trooper, talks about Hurricane Sandy at the 2013 conference.Every year, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency management strives to find knowledgable speakers to provide conference attendees with interesting and relevant information from a variety of homeland security, emergency management and response fields.

 

As in past years, this year's conference presenters come from all over Iowa and the United States.

 

12th Annual Iowa Homeland Security Conference Presenters

 

 

To be announced.

 

 

Vendors - REGISTER NOW!

 

Vendors at the 2013 conference

 

As a vendor, you will have the opportunity to provide valuable information and materials, as well as engage in discussion with approximately 300 conference attendees. Our audience is comprised of local emergency managers; public health officials; local elected officials; police, fire and emergency responders; state agency personnel; public/private sector members; nonprofit disaster relief organizations; educators; and private citizens.

 

Register as a vendor now!

 

 

FREE Pre-Conference Training (Oct. 19) - REGISTER NOW!

 

You may register for this course even if you do not attend the conference.

 

Essentials of Community Cybersecurity (AWR-136)

When:

9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 19, 2015

Where:

CCCU Convention Center at Vet's Auditorium
833 Fifth Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa

 

The Essentials of Community Cybersecurity (ECCS) course provides individuals, community leaders, and first responders with information on how cyber attacks can impact, prevent, and/or stop operations and emergency responses in a community. The course also provides a cursory introduction to cybersecurity vulnerabilities, risks, threats, and countermeasures. It explains vulnerabilities of computer systemsand networks and how these vulnerabilities can affect communities, organizations, and daily workplace operations. The course introduces actions communities can take in establishing a cybersecurity program. The course provides participants with an awareness of issues. It gives an overview of threats and vulnerabilities, without going into too many details, to highlight the potential impact a cyber attack could have. Participants discuss some of the fundamental activities needed to develop a cybersecurity program, without addressing the technical details of how to secure critical infrastructures. The course introduces the Community Cybersecurity Maturity Model (CCSMM) as a framework for understanding community cybersecurity and offers a brief introduction to low-cost or no-cost approaches to securing a community against cybersecurity threats and attacks. The course sets the stage for further efforts in which a community can build a cybersecurity program.

 

Course objectives include:

  • Recognize why community cybersecurity is important
  • Recognize the characteristics of a community cybersecurity program

The target audience is personnel involved with critical infrastructure, emergency operations, and incident response in public or private organizations, including state, county, and municipal officials; members of industry affiliations and chambers of commerce.

 

There are no prerequisites for this course. Click here to register.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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