[ISN] DHS, NSA team on cybersecurity
wk at c4i.org
Wed Apr 28 05:24:30 EDT 2004
By Frank Tiboni
April 27, 2004
The National Security Agency and the Homeland Security Department will
work together on educational initiatives to strengthen the country's
On April 22, officials from NSA and DHS announced the formation of the
National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance
Education. It stems from NSA's Centers of Academic Excellence in
Information Assurance Education Program, which started in 1998 and
recognizes 50 universities in 26 states.
"America is already reaping benefits from the current centers," said
Daniel Wolf, director of NSA's Information Assurance Directorate, in a
statement. "Graduates steeped in information assurance education are
now entering the federal and greater American workforce. Those
graduates, and graduates to come, are forming the cornerstone for
America, taking cybersecurity to the very edges of the National
Information Infrastructure and the Global Information Grid."
The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, issued in 2002 by the Bush
administration, directs the government to foster training and
education programs that support computer security needs and
responsibilities, and improve existing information assurance programs.
Earlier this month, NSA officials announced they would hire 1,500
people by September and 1,500 employees each year for the next five
years. Agency jobs include information technology and acquisition
positions in addition to traditional code-making and code-breaking
roles, according to an April 7 statement.
"Communications without intelligence is noise; Intelligence
without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. Gray, USMC
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