AFNIC Introduces Information Assurance Education Tools

Internet has become indispensable for organizations and the general public. Defense establishments also rely on the cyberspace for performing daily tasks. However, cyber attackers pose constant challenges to computers and networks of government and defense departments. Defense departments face threat from political activists, rival intelligence agencies, terrorist organizations, cybercriminals and groups loyal to different nation states. Breach of defense networks may result in leakage of classified documents, reveal defense strategies and compromise national security. Therefore, cyber security awareness education for employees working in defense forces and establishments may help them in tackling the security threats.

Recently, Air Force Network Integration Center (AFNIC) introduced information assurance education tools to help cyber security warriors upgrade their technical know-how and skills to face the challenges of the constantly evolving Internet environment.

Constant attacks and intrusions have made countries realize the importance of cyber security. Cyber security is now no less important than military security. Threats in the cyberspace are rising constantly and attackers are devising new mechanisms to breach IT security apparatus.

The information assurance education initiative focuses on on-the-job training for security professionals by providing timely information related to cyber security through webinars and computer based and online training programs. The training programs are primarily targeted at information assurance officers and program managers. Information assurance training program is compulsory for all networked users. However, the education program is available to all Air Force personnel interested in gaining insights on information assurance. The initiative known as “the Information Assurance community of practice” is hosted on the Air Force Knowledge Now community framework. Professionals undergoing the training will have access to discussion forums, policy clarifications from policy makers on the site. They will also have access to process guides. They will have access to information and clarifications concerning their specific tasks.

Security of computers, networks and communication channels is crucial for unhindered operations. Cyber threats are vibrant and pose multiple challenges. Air force personnel must be aware of the cyber security fundamentals, threats, preventive and mitigating measures. Cyber professionals working in defense forces must keep themselves abreast of the latest security threats, policy changes and their implications to tackle cyber threats. Similar initiatives by other government departments may help in improving the cyber security environment.

The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in cybersecurity and e-commerce skills. It is the owner and developer of 16 security certifications, including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)/License Penetration Tester (LPT). Its certificate programs are offered in over 60 countries around the world.

EC-Council has trained over 80,000 individuals and certified more than 30,000 members, through more than 450 training partners globally. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including the U.S. federal government via the Montgomery GI Bill, Department of Defense via DoD 8570.01-M, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). EC-Council also operates EC-Council University and the global series of Hacker Halted security conferences. The global organization is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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