by Global Knowledge Network, Inc.
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Published on: March 2006
Type of content: WHITE PAPER
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The Department of Defense's newly released manual, DoD 8570.01-M Information Assurance Workforce
Improvement Program, supports DoD Directive 8570.1, which requires all individuals possessing privileged access to a DoD Information System (IS) to be properly trained and certified in the secure operation of computer systems used throughout the DoD's Global Information Grid. DoD estimates that the directive affects more than 100,000 personnel, including full- and part-time military service members, civilians, foreign nationals, local nationals, and contractors.
DoD Directive 8570.1 was signed in August 2004 and formally activated in December 2005 with the release of DoD 8570.01-M, a manual detailing the requirements for training, certification, and implementation of the directive. DoD Directive 8570.1 requires military services and defense agencies to formally identify all personnel with responsibility for any aspect of Information Assurance (IA). The agencies must assign those
individuals positions within a new organizational structure and ensure that each worker has the appropriate certifications required for that position, as established by DoD.
All affected personnel must achieve certification over a four-year, phased-in period. Failure to meet the certification provisions could expose individuals to loss of position and the agencies they serve to possible loss of funding by the U.S. Congress.
DoD 8570.01-M is the most comprehensive response to the law by any federal department or agency since it lays out, for the first time, an IA architecture for the DoD. While the architecture applies only to training and certification requirements of DoD personnel, it is expected to become the basis of a government-wide approach to security.
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