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[ISN] NSA notches up security credentials
From: InfoSec News (isnc4i.org)
Date: Tue Mar 11 2003 - 04:46:03 CST
By Dawn S. Onley
The National Security Agency has signed a five-year contract with the
International Systems Security Consortium to develop and administer a
new test for information security professionals interested in working
The Information Systems Security Engineering Professional
certification being developed by the Framingham, Mass., consortium is
an extension to the Certified Information Systems Security
Professional credential. People who have worked in information
security for at least four years and who already hold the CISSP
credential will be eligible to take the ISSEP exam.
Lynn McNulty, government affairs director for the nonprofit consortium
and a former associate director for security at the National Institute
of Standards and Technology, said the exam would boost the level of
security knowledge and skill at a time when protecting networks is a
NSA plans to use the test for both its employees and contract workers.
"This is a metric they can use to make sure the people who come
through the door have the proper qualifications," McNulty said. "We
think this credential will have a lot of applicability throughout the
federal government. Professionalizing the IT work force is an
objective that everybody shares, and a lot of people are looking at
accomplishing this through professional certifications."
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