FAA to develop security certification

FAA Office of Information Systems Security

The Federal Aviation Administration is on the verge of awarding a contract

to develop a certification program for FAA information systems security


The FAA announced plans Aug. 11 to make a sole-source award to the International

Information Systems Security Certification Consortium 2 (ISC 2), a nonprofit

corporation that develops certification programs for information systems

security practitioners.

ISC 2 will be responsible for conducting six classes of 35 to 40 employees

each to certify information systems security professionals in support of

the FAA's Information Systems Security training initiative. Training is

expected to begin Sept. 16.

The FAA created its Information Systems Security program in response

to the Computer Security Act of 1987. The act requires that agencies train

federal employees and supporting contractors prior to giving them access

to a computer system. The FAA also requires that an information systems

security manager be appointed to implement the FAA's program within his

or her line of business.

In May, the FAA created the Office of Information Systems Security under

the authority of Raymond Long, formerly the FAA's Year 2000 program lead,

to coordinate the agency's information security activities at all air traffic


Long has said that the key to a successful program lies in building

awareness of security issues within the work force. The General Accounting

Office in December 1999 reported that the FAA's insufficient management

support, insufficient user training and inadequate policy enforcement contributed

to its failure to comply with internal personnel security policies during

the Year 2000 remediation effort.

ISC 2 will be responsible for training and certifying FAA information

systems security workers in Washington, D.C., Oklahoma City and other locations,

according to the FAA.


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