The Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program has validated that the University of Rhode Island courseware in digital forensics and cyber security meets all of the elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Training Standards for:
- Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011
- Information Systems Security Officers, CNSSI No. 4014 Entry Level
The CNSS is composed of members from 21 U.S. Government executive branch departments and agencies, as well as observers representing 11 additional organizations. It was established by National Security Directive 42 (NSD 42) to provide a forum for discussion of policy issues, set national policy, and promulgate direction, operational procedures, and guidance for the security of national security systems. National security systems are information systems operated by the U.S. Government, its contractors or agents that contain classified information or that
- involve intelligence activities;
- involve cryptographic activities related to national security;
- involve command and control of military forces;
- involve equipment that is an integral part of a weapon or weapons system(s); or
- are critical to the direct fulfillment of military or intelligence missions (not including routine administrative and business applications).
As a result of CNSS certification:
- URI will be added to NSA's list of CNSS certified institutions and refer our program to students who seek training in the INFOSEC field;
- URI will receive recognition and a certificate during the next CNSS Annual Conference;
- URI will be authorized to issue certificates to students who complete its certified courses; and
- URI will be permitted to use the CNSS logo on its certificates, literature, and advertising.