Barton’s Network Specialist Program certified by National Security agencies
July 3, 2012
Story by Joe Vinduska
“Information Systems Security Professional” has a nice ring to it, and students who complete Barton’s Network Specialist Program will now be able to add this to their list of credentials thanks to a recent certification the program received from the National Security Agency and the Committee on National Security Systems.
The certification process involved assessing the quality of Barton’s curriculum through a formal, rigorous training standard by the National Information Assurance Education and Training Program. The NSA established the NIETP to standardize computer security training to improve the state of training in our nation’s education programs.
Information Technology Instructor and Coordinator Cristi Gale said this certification will most likely become a standard for similar educational programs and it will benefit students.
“It will show potential employers that our students have a basic understanding of the security issues involved in computer systems,” she said.
Part of the certification process was adding an Information Security class to the program curriculum that will be offered for the first time in the upcoming spring semester. Anyone with computer experience can enroll and students that have been through the curriculum prior to the certification can complete this course and add the certification.
Gale said the certification enhances the already solid Network Specialist program that Barton offers.