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[ISN] FAA to develop security certification
From: InfoSec News (isnC4I.ORG)
Date: Wed Aug 16 2000 - 04:45:05 CDT
BY Paula Shaki Trimble
08/15/2000 RELATED STORIES
The Federal Aviation Administration is on the verge of awarding a
contract to develop a certification program for FAA information
systems security workers.
The FAA announced plans Aug. 11 to make a sole-source award to the
International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium 2
(ISC 2), a nonprofit corporation that develops certification programs
for information systems security practitioners.
ISC 2 will be responsible for conducting six classes of 35 to 40
employees each to certify information systems security professionals
in support of the FAAs Information Systems Security training
initiative. Training is expected to begin Sept. 16.
The FAA created its Information Systems Security program in response
to the Computer Security Act of 1987. The act requires that agencies
train federal employees and supporting contractors prior to giving
them access to a computer system. The FAA also requires that an
information systems security manager be appointed to implement the
FAAs program within his or her line of business.
In May, the FAA created the Office of Information Systems Security
under the authority of Raymond Long, formerly the FAAs Year 2000
program lead, to coordinate the agencys information security
activities at all air traffic facilities.
Long has said that the key to a successful program lies in building
awareness of security issues within the work force. The General
Accounting Office in December 1999 reported that the FAAs insufficient
management support, insufficient user training and inadequate policy
enforcement contributed to its failure to comply with internal
personnel security policies during the Year 2000 remediation effort.
ISC 2 will be responsible for training and certifying FAA information
systems security workers in Washington, D.C., Oklahoma City and other
locations, according to the FAA.
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