In Information Security Profession, Education and Training are Key, says Capella University’s Dr. Steven A. Brown

April 3, 2006

ORLANDO, Fla. , April 3, 2006 — Today's information-security professionals face big challenges. They must fend off data breaches or potentially face personal liability. Given the brisk pace of offshoring business processes, they must take due diligence to protect their enterprise's valuable intellectual property and other assets both here and thousands of miles away, said Capella University's Dr. Steven A. Brown, CISSP, at InfoSec World Conference & Expo 2006. And they must keep up with the field's rapid change, including the rise of biometric security, which uses fingerprints, facial and eye features, voice and other uniquely individual characteristics to authenticate individuals.

Education and training play a key role in today's information security environment. “Information security professionals need deep knowledge of emerging threats and solutions,” said Dr. Brown, who is responsible for the information assurance program at the School of Business and Technology for Capella University, an accredited* online university. “Seek out higher education from a reputable, quality learning institution. Keep up with training and industry developments, and, when given the opportunity, take advantage of obtaining the leading industry certifications.”

After all, even promising information security technology poses risk, said Dr. Brown. “People worry about protecting their Social Security and credit card numbers, but what if their biometric identity falls into the wrong hands?”

The author of three books and several papers, Dr. Brown has extensive technical and business experience in the U.S. and globally in telecommunications, data networks, strategic communications, electronic commerce, business management, and security.

Capella University Earns CNSS Certification
The Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) has validated that Capella's information security curriculum meets the CNSS requirements and system standards 4011 and 4013.

About Capella University
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited* online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services and psychology, as well as a Bachelor of Science online degree program with 11 specializations in business and information technology. The online university currently serves more than 14,500 enrolled learners from all 50 states and 63 countries. Capella is a national leader in online education, committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552)

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456,

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