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U of M Receives National Security Agency Accreditation for Computer Security
For release: Aug. 25, 2005
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Cyber security has become a major concern as the nation's critical infrastructure relies more and more on computers and the Internet. Information systems are not just a group of computers linked by networks; they are a system of interaction between people, data, and hardware. People are using computers to shop, pay bills, apply for jobs, and bank online.

All these functions have very high security risks related to information privacy.  Computer vulnerabilities that allow data theft and alteration, the spread of destructive viruses, and the failure of entire systems are occurring at an alarming rate. Qualified security professionals are needed to train employees and develop comprehensive security policies to defend the integrity of computer systems as well as formalize procedures and repercussions.

The University of Memphis has undertaken several educational initiatives related to information assurance (IA), all designed to help local businesses, government agencies, and individuals protect themselves against this alarming trend. U of M professor Dipankar Dasgupta and graduate student Joseph Vannucci of the University's Computer Science Department have been accredited by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) for Computer Security Standards 4011, 4012, and 4013.

CNSS is a component of the National Security Agency and is chaired by the Department of Defense. The CNSS security standards specify the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities required to fulfill the duties of an information systems security professional, senior system manager, and system administrator.

The University of Memphis is the only university in the state of Tennessee that met the criteria to award information assurance certificates approved by the National Security Agency's Committee on National Security Systems. The U of M currently offers these certification courses to undergraduate and graduate students. The University also plans to organize IA workshops and expand the curriculum for computer professionals.

More information about the U of M's role in computer security is available from professor Dasgupta at 678-4147 or online at http://ceia.cs.memphis.edu.

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