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The CERT Insider Threat Center at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute has announced they are offering a new Insider Threat Program Manager (ITPM) Certificate designed to qualify security professionals to meet pending federal government requirements.

“In September 2011, President Obama signed Executive Order 13587, Structural Reforms to Improve the Security of Classified Networks and the Responsible Sharing and Safeguarding of Classified Information. This Executive Order requires federal agencies that operate or access classified computer networks to implement insider threat detection and prevention programs,” the Center stated.

The CERT Insider Threat Center engages in empirical research and analysis with the intent to develop and transition into the marketplace proven solutions that can be employed to combat insider cyber threats, such as those posed by current or former employees, contractors, or business partners.

“We partner with the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Secret Service, other federal agencies, the intelligence community, private industry, academia, and the vendor community,” the Center noted.

Training materials and processes for the ITPM Certificate were developed by CERT and aim to assist security teams develop robust insider threat programs, including:

  • insider threat planning
  • identification of internal and external stakeholders
  • components of insider threat programs
  • insider threat team development, effective communication strategies
  • program implementation

“ITPM Certificate training will include both online and classroom course components. The certificate exam will be completed online,” the Center said. “The CERT Insider Threat Center is also developing certificate programs to support insider threat vulnerability assessments and insider threat program evaluations. Training for these certificates will launch later this year.”

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