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Information assurance training programs create new cadre of IT security pros
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of February 2013/ Volume 15 / No. 1
Recognizing that individuals proficient in computer security are in high demand, colleges and universities have begun producing students with degrees in information assurance. When compared with other disciplines that have been in existence for 150 or more years at the institution, information assurance training programs are seen as the “new kids” on the academic block. The first schools to teach security courses began doing so in the 1990s, and they started offering degree programs in 2000. At approximately the same time, 1999, the government, specifically the National Security Agency, created the Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) program as a way to entice a larger number of universities to produce security professionals. In 2000, seven schools met the government’s criteria and were designated as charter CAE schools; Iowa State University was one of the original seven. Since that time the number of CAE schools has grown to more than 150 schools that range from two-year colleges to research-focused institutions. Due to the ...
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