What is Information Assurance training in the U.S. Army?


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United States Army information assurance training prepares students to become information assurance support officers. The job involves securing information systems with a strong emphasis on securing computer systems from unauthorized access.

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The Information Assurance Training Center is located at the U.S. Army Signal Center in Fort Gordon, GA. IASO duties are comparable to those of low-level civilian information systems technicians, with little technical knowledge required and no managerial role.

The most basic form of training is Information Assurance Fundamentals Training, a series of 16 courses hosted online. Topics covered are the Army Information Assurance Program, network and hacker threats, malware, physical security, risk assessment and management, security incident and response planning, wireless security, intrusion detection systems, firewalls and perimeter defense and encryption. After reviewing the 16 modules, students take an exam and must receive a 70 percent or greater pass rate to earn a certificate of completion. IASO personnel may then branch out to further courses and certifications such as CompTIA, NMS, CISSP and Security+.

The responsibilities of an IASO include ensuring general computer users receive initial and annual information assurance awareness training and verifying that users meet all requirements for system access and sign their acceptable use agreements. An IASO also assists information assurance managers with security and incident reports.

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