Thanks for pointing out to the new CPE guide! I still have some questions though, regarding chapter "Contributions to the profession", section "Create New Industry Knowledge", on page 15.
There is a differentiation between the activities of writing an article, worth up to 20 CPEs as author, and writing a white paper, worth up to 10 CPEs as author. All the other categories are pretty clear to me, however I have a hard time to distinguish these two.
Is article "simply" an security-related article that is published in a magazine of any kind? Or is it an article/paper in a peer-reviewed research journal? And how does a white paper correlate to those two? What are the differences? White paper implies kind of self-publication, similar to a blog post?
My gut feeling would say that article strictly implies an article in a peer-reviewed journal and alike (e.g. ACM, IEEE, etc.), considering the efforts with literature research and so on. Comparing that to a "simple" magazine article (InfoSec magazine? ), the awarded CPEs seem to be a bit odd. However, I miss experience when it comes to writing magazine articles, maybe they involve more effort than I can imagine?
Thanks for the support!
You ask an excellent question, and one that likely should be addressed by staff clarification and in the next CPE Handbook update. I recommend you re-post this note as the first message in a new thread here in Member Support, with a title that all attract staff and members to read it. As a new thread, with informative Subject, you are more likely to get attention to your question. Consider "How are Article and White Paper Different? (p. 15)"
Because of your note here, I realized the importance of each question needing direct attention, so I edited my starter message above to suggest new threads.
Next, here is my personal opinion on a possible useful distinction between an article and a white paper. An article has to have been actually published (not simply submitted) by an external web site or print publication, not affiliated with the author or the author's employer, subject to editor and preferably peer review prior to publication. A white paper is an informative paper released in electronic or print form directly by the author or the author's employer, without review and approval by an external editor. Your suggestion that a blog post might be a white paper is a grey area, given the length of most blog posts (including my own). I would expect a white paper to have more length and depth than most blog posts.
[If you repost your question in a fresh thread, I will reply with a version of the above paragraph there, too.]
Good work, Andreas; I appreciate your understanding and application fo the ideas in this thread!.
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Thanks, Dr. Cragin. I think what a lot of members have trouble with (especially new members) are the questions that have been asked dozens of times and never addressed (and still aren't, in the 2020 guidance). Such as: what possible documentation can I present if I'm earning CPEs by listening to podcasts? How is that auditable?
And similar issues.
It can be difficult to evidence CPEs if you're audited, but generally the audits are reasonable.
It may not be relevant for now given lockdowns, but events that you've attended in person allow for a much easier presentation of evidence, such as, your invite, tickets to travel to the event, the agenda, badge to get entry, notes of thanks from the organiser etc. And failing all that you can provide a written summary of every presentation/session you attended from your notes and suggest a contact that these could be validated through. Otherwise using services that create an audit trail, such as, BrightTalk webinars and similar is a reliable way to get your CPEs.
Thanks, Steve. That all sounds great...again, the only real issue is self-study that has no paper trail (reading a book, listening to a podcast, etc.). The guidance suggests that maybe you have to write a report on what you learned from the content...but that seems more for books than podcasts.
We'll see. I hope I'm not inviting an audit! heh.