With great technological advancement comes great cyber threats.
In February, one of the biggest fears of the 21st century became a reality for many: there was a Defense Information Systems Agency data breech in the summer of 2019 and personal information was likely compromised. What made it even worse was that officials were unsure as to the extent of compromised data or how the breach had occurred in the first place.
In an effort to help combat breeches such as this in future, we released a Program Protection credential. The Program Protection credential, at its core, is designed to help acquisition professionals bolster their ability to prevent, detect and respond to program protection challenges. Individuals will gain an understanding of required mitigations for DoD systems, as well as practice in recognizing security threats, system vulnerabilities, and cost-benefit risk trade-offs.
"This is the first in a series of credentials that recognize the importance of program protection and cybersecurity throughout the acquisition life cycle,” said Tim Denman, DAU’s cybersecurity learning director. "There is a broad spectrum of threats to acquisition programs. This credential helps acquisition programs identify individuals who have been equipped to protect against those threats."
The credential offers training on three essential components of program protection—information protection, mission-critical functions, and critical technologies—in addition to training on risk analytics in relation to the supply chain and detailing requirements for acquisition program protection documents.
Completion of ACQ 160 Program Protection Planning Awareness and ENG 260 Program Protection Planning for Practitioners is required to earn the Program Protection credential before taking the Summation Exam. Those who have taken these courses in the last five years, however, can skip straight to the test. The reward is worth the work -- earning the Program Protection credential will provide acquisition professionals the skill set to execute invaluable DoD system protections, and the opportunity to serve as core members of a System Security IPT on a DoD team. Best of all, the Program Protection credential can be earned entirely online.
This newly released credential is just the newest in the DAU credential program. Last year, DAU released four credentials (Agile, Digital Engineer, Services Acquisition for Acquisition Professionals, and Services Acquisition for non-Acquisition Professionals) to help individuals acquire and enhance skills required specifically for their job in defense acquisition.
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