NSA awards IT security training deal

NSA awards IT security training deal
NSA awards IT security training deal 

By Patience Wait
GCN Staff

The National Security Agency has signed a four-year, indefinite 
delivery/indefinite quantity contract with the International Information 
Systems Security Certification Consortium Inc. to provide enterprisewide 
testing programs for Certification and Accreditation Professional (CAP) 
and Systems Security Certified Professional (SSCP) certificates.

The contract represents the next phase in NSAs ongoing training efforts. 
In 2004, NSA asked the consortium, based in Palm Harbor, Fla., to 
provide an on-site education program for employees seeking the companys 
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential. 
In 2006, the company began providing NSA an expanded program of on-site 
review and testing services for the Information Systems Security 
Engineering Professional (ISSEP) credentialan engineering concentration 
for the CISSP credential originally developed by the two organizations 
in partnershipto establish an additional level of knowledge and 
expertise tailored to U.S. national security.

Under the terms of the contract, as many as 200 NSA information security 
professionals each year will receive test books and course materials, 
and go through on-site review, post-seminar assessment and certification 
testing for the SSCP and CAP credentials. The agency schedules the 
on-site courses and exams; employees do not individually register, nor 
do they attend courses or exams held in public venues.

The value of the contract was not released.

NSA has requested that the consortium extend the two-day ISSEP course to 
a four-day format, which also will be available upon request for other 
federal agencies and private-sector organizations. The ISSEP is designed 
for advanced information security/assurance/risk management 
professionals who have demonstrated mastery of systems security 
engineering, technical management, certification and accreditation, and 
information assurance regulations.

The NSA is now running a continuous program scheduled to continue 
through 2010. The certification programs covered by the contract are 
part of the agencys overall goal of professionalizing their information 
security and engineering workforces.

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