Information security courses gain NSA recertification

Western’s Ancell School of Business (ASB) recently received federal reaffirmation of its important commitment to strengthen information technology security through comprehensive education in safeguards to protect the nation’s critical IT systems infrastructure.

The Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) of the National Security Agency in July issued its recertification of courses offered by the ASB management information systems (MIS) department as part of the MIS information security management (ISM) option. The federal agency found that five core courses offered in the ISM option are in full compliance with the National Standard for Information Systems Security Professionals, also known as CNSS Standard 4011.

CNSS certification, previously awarded to WCSU’s Ancell School in 2006, validates that the MIS curriculum meets tough federal standards for training professionals in the field of information systems security. The recertification announcement noted that the five courses — Information Systems Concepts, Database Applications in Business, Information Systems Security, Information Assurance, and Fundamentals of Data Communications — met recertification criteria covering a diverse range of 256 topics related to telecommunications and IT systems security

WCSU is the only institution in Connecticut, and one of fewer than 200 institutions nationwide, to gain certification for meeting one or more of the information assurance training standards established by the CNSS. MIS Professor Dr. Marie Wright observed that Ancell has made a strong commitment over the past decade to “the development and implementation of the ISM program, years before other schools recognized the importance of information security education."


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Western students conduct a classroom exercise during a course session in the Management Information Systems (MIS) program, recently recertified for compliance with National Security Agency standards for education in information technology security.