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NSA Recognizes Capitol College IA Curriculum

The National Security Agency awarded Capitol College's (Laurel, MD) Master of Science Information Assurance (IA) curriculum for meeting federal Information Assurance courseware standards at the most advanced levels.

Officially recognizing the school at the June 4 through 7 Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education at Boston University, the NSA said Capitol College's IA program not only meets all of the elements of the National IA Training Standard For Risk Analysts, but also does so at the advanced level.

As a result, the small, independent school -- built on an old stock car speedway -- is one of only two institutions nationwide that meet that level professional competencies specified in all six federal standards for IA curricula established by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). The other is the University of Tulsa.

"We are in an elite group of American colleges and universities that have taken up strategically important positions in the first line of our homeland defenses against cyber-terrorism," said Allan Berg, director of the college's Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center, in a prepared statement.

Capitol's graduate IA courses--which are in a live online format accessible worldwide--are mapped to federal standards at the most advanced level to train information systems security professionals, senior systems managers, system administration, information systems security officers, systems certifiers and risk analysts.

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David Kopf is a freelance technology writer and marketing consultant, and can be reached at [email protected].

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