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Advance Your Organizations Cyber Intelligence Training and Education With This INSA Reference

insa-cyber-intelThe Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) is a non profit organization providing a unique venue for collaboration, networking and examination of policy issues and solutions for intelligence and national security.  INSA organizes itself into councils on key issues. One of the most prolific INSA organs is the INSA Cyber Council, led by Terry Roberts and Ned Deets. The Task forces under this council examine issues on topics including cyber intelligence, the insider threat, cyber research and development and training/education.

The latest paper from the INSA Cyber Council is on the topic of education and training for cyber intelligence.

The paper proposes that a common body of knowledge be established to provide a foundation for cyber intelligence training and education standards, as well as a framework that would identify the technical and nontechnical competencies that a cyber intelligence analyst should possess. The unique tradecraft of cyber intelligence blends technical cybersecurity knowledge with intelligence analysis, but is often not addressed as a distinct academic discipline in most formal education and training programs. To advance broader recognition and training of competencies vital to cyber intelligence, the paper proposes that the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognize two additional knowledge units – Intelligence Analysis and Knowledge Management – as part of its Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense program.

On the topic of the paper, INSA Cyber Council co-chair Terry Roberts said, “Cyber intelligence professionals have become an essential component of our national cybersecurity workforce, and it is imperative we begin to discuss how to provide specialized training opportunities and well-defined career paths. Knowing what cyber adversaries and criminals are doing, and intend to do, is the single most important approach to getting ahead of cybercrime, fraud, espionage and disruption. It is time to see the training, development and enablement of professionals in this critically important analytic field receive the focus they deserve.”

To read the paper see: Cyber Intelligence: Preparing Today's Talent for Tomorrow's Threats


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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder of Crucial Point and publisher of CTOvision.com