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CERT to Offer Training, Certificate for Insider Threat Program Managers

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<em>Certificate Designed to Help Organizations Meet New Government Standards</em>

Pittsburgh, Pa., May 21, 2014—The CERT Insider Threat Center at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute today announced a new Insider Threat Program Manager (ITPM) Certificate to train individuals to meet upcoming federal government standards.

In September 2011, President Obama signed Executive Order 13587, Structural Reforms to Improve the Security of Classified Networks and the Responsible Sharing and Safeguarding of Classified Information. This Executive Order requires federal agencies that operate or access classified computer networks to implement insider threat detection and prevention programs. In addition, proposed changes to the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) would require the same of contractors that engage with such federal agencies.

CERT-developed training for the ITPM Certificate will help program managers charged with developing formal insider threat programs. Training will cover areas such as

  • insider threat planning
  • identification of internal and external stakeholders
  • components of insider threat programs
  • insider threat team development, effective communication strategies
  • program implementation

ITPM Certificate training will include both online and classroom course components. The certificate exam will be completed online.

The CERT Insider Threat Center is also developing certificate programs to support insider threat vulnerability assessments and insider threat program evaluations. Training for these certificates will launch later this year.

More information about the CERT Insider Threat Program Manager Certificate is available at

About the Software Engineering Institute
The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI helps organizations make measurable improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. For more information, visit the SEI website at The CERT Division of the SEI is the world's leading trusted authority dedicated to improving the security and resilience of computer systems and networks and a national asset in the field of cybersecurity. For more information, visit

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