[ISN] NSA notches up security credentials

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Date: Tue Mar 11 2003 - 02:46:03 PST

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    By Dawn S. Onley 
    GCN Staff
    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
    for NSA.
    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
    high priority.
    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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