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Artificial Intelligence and Generative AI 101 Seminar

October 19, 2023 @ 9:00 am - October 20, 2023 @ 5:00 pm EDT

GWDC Member $400, Non-GWDC Member $800

In this comprehensive two-day course, participants will delve into the transformative power of Generative AI, with a special emphasis on popular platforms like ChatGPT, Bard, DALLE-2, and Midjourney. Beginning with a brief overview of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, the course will lead you through the fascinating world of Generative AI and its role in reshaping industries. Through a mix of theoretical understanding and practical hands-on sessions, you will master the operational use of these platforms to solve real-world problems and drive innovation in your organization. The course will cover potential challenges, ethical considerations, and practical applications of Generative AI, preparing you for a future-oriented, AI-driven operational landscape.

Please take a moment to hear from the instructor, Jim Wiggins, about the course and how it will help you understand the Generative AI landscape more fully.  Jim has over 26 years of cybersecurity experience.

Registration closes on October 18 @ 3 pm.

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Course Materials, Format, and Schedule

Course Format

This course blends expert lectures, interactive discussions, and practical sessions. It fosters a collaborative learning environment and provides access to online resources for self-paced study.


Course Schedule 

The course spans two days, 7 hours each day, inclusive of breaks. Specific scheduling will be provided closer to the course date.


Course Materials

Participants will gain access to a range of course materials including online resources, a comprehensive slide deck, and popular AI platforms like ChatGPT, Bard, DALLE-2, and Midjourney. Additional recommended readings and supplementary materials will be provided during the course.



Day 1



  1. Introduction and Course Overview (30 minutes)
  • Presenter Introduction
  • Course Objectives and Outcomes
  • Course Materials and Format
  1. History of Artificial Intelligence and Generative AI (1 hour)
  • Evolution of Artificial Intelligence
  • Development of Machine Learning and Deep Learning
  • The Emergence of Generative AI: A Historical Perspective
  1. Overview of Common Generative AI Platforms (2 hours)
  • Introduction to ChatGPT, Bard, DALLE-2, and Midjourney
  • Features and Unique Capabilities of Each Platform
  • Break (15 minutes)
  • Comparative Analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Appropriate Use Cases for Each Platform
  1. Gaining Access to Platforms (1 hour)
  • Procedures for Accessing AI Platforms
  • Subscriptions, Costs, and Managing Organizational Access
  • Break (30 minutes – Lunch)
  1. Introduction to Prompting (1 hour)
  • Understanding Prompts and Their Role in Generative AI
  • Constructing Effective Prompts: Best Practices
  1. Prompt Engineering (1.5 hours)
  • Techniques for Advanced Prompt Engineering
  • Hands-on Exercise: Crafting and Testing Prompts on Different Platforms
  • Break (15 minutes)
  • Review and Feedback on Prompt Engineering Exercise


Day 2



  1. Recap of Day 1 and Overview of Day 2 (30 minutes)
  2. Practical Applications of Generative AI (2 hours)
  • The Impact and Potential of Generative AI across Various Domains
  • Real-world Use Cases and Success Stories
  • Break (15 minutes)
  • Exercise: Brainstorming Possible Applications in Participants’ Context
  1. Ethical Considerations and Risks in Generative AI (1 hour)
  • Understanding the Ethical Landscape of AI
  • Identifying and Mitigating Risks in Using Generative AI
  • Break (30 minutes – Lunch)
  1. Hands-on Session: Operationalizing Generative AI (2.5 hours)
  • Accessing Platforms and Setting Up for a Task
  • Crafting Prompts for a Given Task
  • Review and Feedback on Hands-on Exercise
  • Break (15 minutes)
  1. Future Trends in Generative AI and Closing Remarks (1 hour)
  • The Road Ahead: What to Expect from the Future of Generative AI
  • Opportunities for Further Learning and Specialization
  • Course Review, Q&A, and Feedback Session



Jim Wiggins

Jim Wiggins
Founder and Principal @ Securible, LLC

Jim has over 26 years of direct experience in the design, operation, management, and auditing of information technology systems, with the past 21 years focused on information systems security. He has an extensive background in technical education and specializes in security certification courses aimed at federal and government contracting clients.

Today, Jim is the Founder and Principal of Securible, LLC. Securible is an information security service provider offering cyber training programs to organizations of all sizes. At Securible, Jim has taught IT security certification courses such as CISSP, CISM, CISA, Ethical Hacking, RMF, Security+, and other courses requested by Securible’s clients. Currently, he provides education and training support for the National Risk Management Center (NRMC) at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS ). More information on Securible can be found at: http://www.securible.com.

Jim is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Federal IT Security Institute (FITSI). FITSI is a 501(c)(6) non-profit certification body accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) under ISO 17024:2012. FITSI offers a role-based IT security certification program targeted at the federal workforce. More information on FITSI can be found at: http://www.fitsi.org.

Additionally, Jim is the Founder and Executive Director of the FITSI Foundation. The FITSI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that focuses on cyber education and serves as the philanthropic sister organization of the Federal IT Security Institute. The FITSI Foundation operates the Wounded Warrior Cyber Combat Academy (W2CCA). More information on the FITSI Foundation can be found at: https://www.fitsifoundation.org.

In 2020, Jim launched a TV show on cybersecurity called “Cybersecurity Today,” which can be viewed in the Washington, DC area. Episodes can also be streamed online at the following website: http://www.cybersecuritytoday.org.

In 2019, FCW named Jim to the “Federal 100” for his tireless efforts to promote cybersecurity education across all branches of the federal government.

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

Jim holds the following IA/IT security certifications: CISSP, ISSEP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, CySA+, SCNA, SCNP, CAP, IAM, IEM, SSCP, CEH, ECSA, CHFI, LPT, TICSA, CIWSA, Security+, and MCSE: Security and FITSP-M.


Virtual Meeting Information

  • This event will be presented online through Microsoft Teams.  
  • The instructor will email students prior to the event with instructions and additional information. 


Event Questions and Policies

Registration Questions

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CPE Information

Earn up to 14 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit in the area of Information Technology. The ISACA® Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.NASBARegistry.org


CPE Distribution and Evaluation Survey

CPEs will be distributed via e-mail along with the event evaluation survey after the completion of the event. Attendees must be present for the full event and respond to polling questions to receive full CPE credit.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • Understand the core concepts of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Generative AI.
  • Familiarize themselves with popular Generative AI platforms like ChatGPT, Bard, DALLE-2, and Midjourney.
  • Gain practical experience in leveraging these platforms for solving organizational challenges.
  • Understand the potential challenges, ethical considerations, and potential misuse of Generative AI.
  • Explore practical applications and future trends of Generative AI within an operational framework.


Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the foundational principles of AI, Machine Learning, and Generative AI.
  • Employ popular AI platforms to drive innovative problem-solving and operational excellence in their organizations.
  • Navigate potential challenges and ethical considerations associated with the use of Generative AI.
  • Apply their knowledge of Generative AI to foster innovation and future readiness in their organizational landscape.
  • Stay updated on the latest advancements and future trends in Generative AI, leveraging these for ongoing improvements and innovation.


CPE-Related Details

  • Prerequisites and Advance Preparation:  None. A basic understanding of computers and technology is recommended.
  • Program Knowledge Level: Basic
  • Delivery Method:  Group Internet Based
  • Field of Study:  Information Technology – Technical


October 19, 2023 @ 9:00 am EDT
October 20, 2023 @ 5:00 pm EDT
GWDC Member $400, Non-GWDC Member $800
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