By Patience Wait
The training manual for Defense Department information assurance
professionals that was finalized in December will be available online
The manual, DOD 8570.1-M: Information Assurance Workforce Improvement
Program, will be posted  Feb. 1, according to Robert Lentz,
director of information assurance for the Pentagon.
The manual sets the requirements for training and certification of
approximately 80,000 IA professionals within the department, Lentz
said. Defense contractors who provide IA services to the Pentagon also
will be expected to provide staff who meet the requirements.
DOD CIO John Grimes said in a foreword to the manual that it "is
effective immediately and mandatory for use by all the DOD
components." The basis for the manual is an August 2004 directive 
from deputy secretary Paul Wolfowitz that assigned responsibilities
for IA training.
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