VA bulks up credentials of its systems security staff

VA bulks up credentials of its systems security staff

The Veterans Affairs Department today ramped up the number of certified information security professionals it has on board.

Forty-one VA cybersecurity employees earned the Certified Information Systems Security Professional credential from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium. The nonprofit organization in Dunedin, Fla., trains and certifies IT security professionals.

To apply for CISSP certification, an IT security professional must have four years cumulative work experience in the field and have mastered international standards and best practices for information security.

"VA is committed to professionalizing our cybersecurity workforce," said Bruce A. Brody, associate deputy assistant secretary of VA for cyber and information security. When Brody arrived at VA two years ago, he was only the third person in the department to hold a CISSP credential.

Brody said his goal is to have 100 of the department's IT security employees certified within the year.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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