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Navy seeks NMCI innovations

NEW ORLEANS — Navy officials announced they are forming an innovation center to assist in developing and discovering future technologies for the Navy Marine Corps Intranet.

The center will be a loose alliance of military and industry players and will use the experience and intelligence of both sectors to look to the future possibilities of NMCI.

"If we just get out of NMCI what's in the contract, I believe we've failed," said Navy Capt. Chris Christopher, NMCI staff director. "NMCI is worth every penny we've spent so far, but we have to be able to do more."

"We need to get a feel for the capabilities that are just out of our reach," he said.

He said he hopes the innovation center concept will become a reality next year.

Security for all

The Information Technology Association of America is offering a certification program for workers who have computers but often do not regard security as one of their responsibilities.

"This is what we're calling information security for the rest of us," ITAA president Harris Miller said.

The Information Security Awareness Certification is an online test for basic security awareness in eight areas: computer best practices; computer ethics and misuse; identification and data information theft; Internet best practices; passwords; physical security; sensitive information; and viruses and other harmful software.

ITAA developed the test in partnership with Brainbench Inc., a skills assessment company that also administers the test.

"You can set a goal, and you can hold people accountable to that goal," said Michael Russiello, chief executive officer of Brainbench.

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