DOD will sponsor biometrics training at West Virginia University

DOD will sponsor biometrics training at West Virginia University

The Defense Department's Biometrics Management Office and West Virginia University have developed a Graduate Certificate Program in Information Assurance and Biometrics.

University professors, using curriculum they developed with DOD's biometrics office, will teach 25 students about the uses for biometrics, security system principles, the scientific foundation for biometrics, and about social, psychological, ethical and legal policies in the field.

The university offers the program through the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

'This program allows participants to combine professional expertise with the course curriculum to gain perspective on public policy, strengthen managerial skills, and interact across agency and executive and legislative branch boundaries,' said Walter McCollum, biometrics education program manager for the biometrics office.

The program includes introductory courses in biometric systems and information assurance, as well computer security and advanced study of biometric and forensic statistics, digital image processing and computer network security.

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