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Information Assurance Curriculum and Certification: State of the Practice

  • September 1999
  • By Barbara Laswell, Derek Simmel, Sandra Behrens
  • This 1999 report describes the state of the practice in information assurance and security curriculum and certification.
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
    CMU/SEI Report Number: CMU/SEI-99-TR-021
  • Abstract

    The purpose of this document is to describe the state of the practice in information assurance and security curriculum and certification. The scope is not exhaustive, but rather illustrative of the types of activity occurring today within various organizations, including government, universities and research centers, professional societies, and the business community. Although individual courses are available, there apparently is no systematic agreement on the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to formulate a curriculum for information security professionals that enjoys broad-based support across organizations. As a result of Presidential Decision Directive 63 and the charge to protect the nation's critical infrastructures, the pressure is increasing to provide some minimum level of competence for system and network administrators working in the field of information assurance. Presently, several professional organizations offer certified professional designations.  

    What is needed is a comprehensive framework for curriculum and certification in information assurance and security. Currently the thrust for training focuses primarily on the technologies of information infrastructures. However, long-term solutions for the protection of critical information assets will require a more comprehensive approach in which senior executives and managers, as well as technical staff, develop strong and diverse skills that allow them to advance an organization's mission in a dynamic and increasingly hostile networked environment.

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SEI

Laswell, Barbara; Simmel, Derek; & Behrens, Sandra. Information Assurance Curriculum and Certification: State of the Practice. CMU/SEI-99-TR-021. Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 1999. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=13497

IEEE

Laswell. Barbara, Simmel. Derek, and Behrens. Sandra, "Information Assurance Curriculum and Certification: State of the Practice," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-99-TR-021, 1999. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=13497

APA

Laswell, Barbara., Simmel, Derek., & Behrens, Sandra. (1999). Information Assurance Curriculum and Certification: State of the Practice (CMU/SEI-99-TR-021). Retrieved May 26, 2017, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=13497

CHI

Barbara Laswell, Derek Simmel, & Sandra Behrens. Information Assurance Curriculum and Certification: State of the Practice (CMU/SEI-99-TR-021). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1999. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=13497

MLA

Laswell, Barbara., Simmel, Derek., & Behrens, Sandra. 1999. Information Assurance Curriculum and Certification: State of the Practice (Technical Report CMU/SEI-99-TR-021). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=13497

BibTex

@techreport{LaswellInformationAssurance1999,
title={Information Assurance Curriculum and Certification: State of the Practice},
author={Barbara Laswell and Derek Simmel and Sandra Behrens},
year={1999},
number={CMU/SEI-99-TR-021},
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=13497} }