Marines create Corps-wide online PKI training

Marines create Corps-wide online PKI training

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

DEC. 11—The Marine Corps distance-learning team is delivering a 15-minute interactive training course to about 300,000 Marines and Corps civilian employees about use of public-key infrastructure tools to digitally sign documents and e-mail.

The online training is in preparation for a test rollout of smart cards that is slated to begin as early as next month.

Maj. James Munroe, emerging technology officer at the Corps' Quantico, Va., Distance Learning Center, said the course does not cover specifics of PKI products but rather acquaints users with public and private keys and how they will work together.

'The Defense Information Systems Agency had a similar [courseware] product a few years back' from Carney Interactive Inc. of Alexandria, Va., Munroe said. 'We tailored parts of the code for reuse.' He said other mandatory course offerings include such things as terrorism awareness.

For security reasons, Marines and civilian employees take courses over their base and station intranets instead of the Internet. The distance-learning program uses a telecommunications network infrastructure that is currently undergoing upgrades that will continue through late 2003. Large bases and stations also have satellite network access for education.

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