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Koermer to Speak at CyberSecurity Conference

Aug. 17, 2010

            Kelly A. Koermer, J.D., dean of the Anne Arundel Community College School of Business, Computing and Technical Studies, will discuss community colleges’ integral role in developing a cyber workforce at the Cyber Security Readiness for the Federal Government 2010 conference in November.

Her Nov. 3 talk, “Cyber Workforce Development from a Community College Perspective,” will cover the ways that AACC’s industry-recognized information assurance degree and certificate programs are meeting government and business workforce demands. The college’s highly touted Information and Cybersecurity degree and certificate coursework led AACC to become the first college in the country to offer courses that fully map to National Security Telecommunications and System Security Instruction (NSTISSI) 4011 standards. Since then, the programs have been recertified as meeting 4011 standards and also certified as meeting NSTISSI 4013 standards.

The degree and certificate programs also provide the foundation for students to sit for several industry-recognized certifications, including Network+, Security+, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Security Certified Network Specialist (SCNS), Security Certified Network Professional (SCNP), Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). The programs have won a national award for programming and been named the top postsecondary state program.

As an additional tribute to those information security programs, this spring, the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security designated AACC as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information System Security Education for Information Assurance Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) through 2015, citing the college’s ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria and contributing to the protection of the national information infrastructure.

To provide a pipeline for more students to continue their cyber education and training, the college has shared its curricula with other colleges and worked with four-year institutions to provide pathways toward bachelor and postgraduate degrees. The college also continues to work with government and industry professionals to make sure the latest workforce requirements are integrated into the programs.

The Cyber Security Readiness for the Federal Government 2010 conference meets Nov. 3-5, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va. For information, visit