Information Assurance Workforce Baseline Certification Update

Published, April 25, 2013

This alert provides notice of changes to the Department of Defense (DoD) 8570.01 Manual, "Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program" baseline certifications. One certification has been added and two have been removed from the list.

The CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification has been approved as a DoD 8570 baseline certification. This certification is an international, vendor-neutral accreditation that proves competency in enterprise security; risk management; research and analysis; and integration of computing, communications, and business disciplines.

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Security Expert (GSE) and GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF) were removed from the DoD Approved 8570 Baseline Certifications list.

DoD 8570.01M Information Assurance (IA) baseline certifications are aligned to each category and level of the IA workforce. Personnel performing IA functions must obtain one of these certifications as required for their position, category/specialty, and level to fulfill the IA baseline certification requirement. Refer to Appendix 3 of 8570.01-M for further implementation guidance.

GSE and GISF were removed from the approved list on Jan. 25, 2013. Individuals who have either the GSE or GISF certification as a requirement for their current job will remain qualified until the GSE or GISF expires or until the individual changes to a position that requires a different certification. Once the GSE or GISF expires, a different certification may be required.

For more details visit the Information Assurance Support Environment (IASE) Certification web page at:

TAGS: IA, Workforce

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