Kennesaw State’s information systems faculty train Ethiopian government leaders

Over the past several weeks‚ Kennesaw State University information security faculty worked with…

Georgia (Jun 1, 2005) — Kennesaw State’s information systems faculty train Ethiopian government leaders

Karen Kennedy

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Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu

Over the past several weeks‚ Kennesaw State University information security faculty worked with Ethiopia’s top information and communications agency to develop national standards on information security.

The Ethiopian Information and Communications Technology Development Authority (EICTDA) at the Ministry of Capacity Building welcomed Mike Whitman‚ director of the KSU Center for Information Security Education‚ and Herb Mattord‚ the center’s operations manager‚ for a class in principles of information security. The entire course was conducted via distance learning technology‚ with the teachers and students never leaving their respective conference rooms.

“Our focus was to provide the EICTDA with a firm foundation in information security‚” Whitman said‚ “with an understanding and appreciation for both the managerial and technical aspects of the field.”

Solomon Negash‚ a native of Ethiopia and a KSU computer science and information systems faculty member‚ brought the two groups together. On May 26‚ while in Ethiopia‚ he presented the certificates of completion to the attendees.

“This is a big first step in assisting the EICTDA in establishing secure and effective communications for both governmental and non−governmental agencies in Ethiopia‚” Whitman said. “We were proud to have been able to help. We consider ourselves an international center of excellence.”

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have recognized Kennesaw State as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (Security) Education. KSU offers courses that have been evaluated by national experts and determined to meet national training standards for information security professionals.

For more information on degree programs in information security contact Mike Whitman at 770−423−6005 or mwhitman@kennesaw.edu. For more information on the Center for Information Security Education visit the Web site at http://infosec.kennesaw.edu


 

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