June 18, 2007

Capitol College’s Information Assurance Curriculum Again Recognized By National Security Agency for Academic Excellence


Contact: Bill Holleran, +1-301-996-9495, [email protected], for Capitol College; or Ken Crockett of Capitol College, +1-301-369-2800, ext. 3026, [email protected] college.edu

LAUREL, Md., June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Capitol College's Master of Science in Information Assurance (IA) curriculum is again being recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) for meeting federal IA courseware standards at the most advanced levels.

Built on the site of a former stock car speedway a few miles outside of Washington, D.C., Capitol College today "is on the fast track among U.S. colleges and universities offering Information Assurance curricula to reduce vulnerabilities in our nation's cyber infrastructure," said Allan Berg, director of the college's Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center.

The NSA recently announced that Capitol College's IA curriculum not only meets all of the elements of the National Information Assurance Training Standard For Risk Analysts (CNSSI-4016, November 2005), but also does so at the Advanced level. The achievement was officially recognized at an awards ceremony in Boston during The Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education.

As a result, the small, independent Maryland school is one of only two institutions nationwide that meet the most advanced level of professional competencies specified in all six federal standards for information assurance curricula established by the Committee for National Security Systems (CNSS). The other is the University of Tulsa. But only Capitol College offers its program in a live online format accessible worldwide.

One of 86 institutions designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAEs) by NSA and the Department of Homeland Security, Capitol College is at the forefront of a new trend in higher education. Said Berg, "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."

The content of Capitol's graduate-level information assurance courses is "mapped," or matched, to the requirements of CNSSI/ NSTISSI standards 4011, 4012, 4013A, 4014A, 4015 and 4016A, with the suffix A indicating mapping at the Advanced level for the three standards that include multiple levels. The standards specify the course content for training of information systems security professionals (4011), senior systems managers (4012), system administrators (4013), information systems security officers (4014), systems certifiers (4015) and risk analysts (4016).

"Capitol College's comprehensive IA curriculum provides relevant knowledge and the practical skills that the federal IT profession requires," said Berg. "We are honored to be recognized for our academic excellence and proud of our many alumni who work at NSA, DOD, NASA and other organizations, public and private."

Information about Capitol College's Master of Science in Information Assurance degree can be found at http://www.capitol- college.edu/academicprograms/graduateprograms/msiae. The college's Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center also offers exam preparation courses for federal IT professionals and others who need CISSP, Security+ or SSCP certification. For more information, see http://www.capitol-college.edu/cicpc.

Capitol College is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to engineering, computer science, information technology and business. Founded in 1927, Capitol College is a regionally accredited institution offering associate, bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as professional development training and certificates. The college's 52-acre campus is located in Laurel, Md., a suburban setting midway between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. All graduate-level degrees are available online, supported by software that delivers live, real-time lectures.

SOURCE Capitol College

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