Monthly Archives: August 2011

US NSA Centers for Academic Excellence



“NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the
National Centers of Academic Excellence in IA Education (CAE/IAE) and
CAE-Research (CAE-R) programs. The goal of these programs is to reduce
vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting
higher education and research in IA and producing a growing number of
professionals with IA expertise in various disciplines. Designation as
a CAE/IAE or CAE-R is valid for five academic years, after which the
school must successfully reapply in order to retain its CAE


Students attending these designated schools are eligible to apply for
scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information
Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service
Scholarship for Service Program. Designation as a Center does not
carry a commitment for funding from NSA or DHS.


CAE/IAEs and CAE-Rs receive formal recognition from the U.S.
Government as well as opportunities for prestige and publicity for
their role in securing our Nation’s information systems.”

Questioning the Value of CISSP

What if everyone let his (or her) CISSP lapse?


Dave Piscitello is a 37 year networking and Internet veteran who now
focuses on Internet Security who wrote an interesting essay about his
views of the CISSP certification. Good read. Not a rant. He makes
fine points but he really doesn’t completely describe how he would
address these issues.…

Back from Vacation!

OK.  It wasn’t all vacation.  July saw me in Las Vegas with my employer managing the Security track and speaking at a conference.  I came back to almost three weeks of over due work.  I cleared that all up AND THEN I took two weeks off with the family.  Onward and upward!