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The most popular programs pertain to business, but Nash said students do not just gain knowledge that will help them advance their own careers. They also learn soft skills that will benefit the federal workforce. As part of its cybersecurity curricu- lum, the college offers a digital foren- sics degree to teach students how to dust for cyber fingerprints after breaches. “Ideally, you should put a lot of resources on the front end and mini- mize breaches,” said Ric Messier, a cybersecurity program director at the college. However, he acknowledged the seeming inevitability of breaches and the importance of being able to determine the scope and severity of one after it has happened. Messier touted Champlain Col- lege’s “boots-on-the-ground approach to security.” He said the college puts students through real-world drills rath- er than sticking to academic abstrac- tion, and copious lab work deals with intrusion detection, emerging threats and more. Nash said she expects the numbers of feds using truED to grow, while Smith-Heimbrock stressed the pro- gram’s value in developing the talents of the existing federal workforce. “Lifelong learning is a staple of today’s federal workforce,” she said. “Champlain College’s programs place an emphasis on developing both hard skills as well as soft skills, like criti- cal thinking and problem solving, that are equally important to future agency leaders and mission success.” n professionalcertifications Back to School 26 August 30, 2015 FCW.COM Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional Audience: Security professionals and software developers Focus: Ability to develop an applica- tion security program, reduce produc- tion costs and vulnerabilities for appli- cations, and diminish loss of revenue and reputation from an organizational software breach Requirements: At least four years of cumulative full-time work experience in one or more of the eight CSSLP domains Certifying organization: (ISC)2 (isc2.org) Check Point Certified Security Expert Audience: IT administrators Focus: Ability to build, test and trouble- shoot various Check Point Security Systems’ deployments; configure and maintain security acceleration solutions; and manage, test and optimize corpo- rate virtual private network tunnels Requirements: Security administra- tion course or Check Point Certified Security Administrator certification (R70 or later); Windows Server, Unix and networking skills and TCP/IP experience; and certificate management and sys- tems administration experience Certifying organization: Check Point Software Technologies (checkpoint.com) EC-Council Certified Secure Programmer Audience: Software developers and programmers Focus: Ability to identify security flaws and implement countermeasures throughout the software development life cycle to improve the overall quality of products and applications Requirements: Experience designing and building secure Windows and Web- based applications using the Microsoft .NE T framework Certifying organization: EC-Council (eccouncil.org) VIRTUALIZATION Citrix Certified Professional — Virtualization Audience: IT solution engineers and consultants Focus: Ability to install, configure and launch common Citrix XenDesktop solutions Requirements: Complete the recom- mended coursework online or in per- son and pass an exam Certifying organization: Citrix (train- ing.citrix.com) VMware Certified Professional — Data Center Virtualization Audience: IT administrators Focus: Ability to install, deploy, optimize, scale and manage VMware vSphere environments Requirements: Completion of a VMware-authorized training course and a minimum of six months of hands-on experience with VMware technologies Certifying organization: VMware (https://mylearn.vmware.com) Jonathan Lutton conducted the research for this article. “Over the next five years, four in 10 federal employees will be eligible for retirement. OPM has identified cybersecurity as the highest-risk skills gap.” — Sydney Smith-Heimbrock, OPM 0830fcw_014-026.indd 26 8/12/15 12:59 PM
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