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Applications Open for New State IT Academy

State IT staffers who want to learn more about the field of information security may be interested in the California Department of Technology's Information Security Leadership Academy.

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The California Department of Technology is accepting applications for its newest career-development curriculum, the Information Security Leadership Academy (ISLA).

The academy is “a rigorous program aimed at preparing candidates for the critical roles of Information Security Officer (ISO), Agency Information Security Officer (AISO), or an expanded role within their department’s security office,” CDT says on its ISLA Web page.

“The Academy incorporates security best practices, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) risk and security control frameworks, California-specific policy, standards and compliance, and information security program management skills.”

CDT’s first academy was the Information Technology Leadership Academy (ITLA), the flagship of the academies, which just graduated its 25th class. Also offered are the new Digital Services Innovation Academy (DSIA) and the Project Management Leadership Academy. ITLA is aimed at those aspiring to be CIOs, AIOs and other executives in leadership.

Just as the innovation academy has a champion in the person of state Chief Innovation Officer Scott Gregory, the information security academy’s resident expert is Peter Liebert, chief information security officer. He talks in a brief video about the importance of the curriculum in this growing field.

In the new ISLA program, “participants will also have the opportunity to interact with the State’s security leaders and take part in a dynamic simulation experience,” the ISLA website says.

The total program cost is $4,800 per participant. “ISLA registration is open to information security personnel, tech-savvy IT, and aspiring ISOs passionate about security,” CDT says. “Participants attend CompTIA Security+ training that includes the certification exam and will acquire formal training on FIPs 199, 200, and the Risk Management Framework (RMF). The training program also includes coursework in Effective Change Management and How to Be an Internal Consultant. ISLA provides the environment for participants to network with similar security professionals throughout the program.”

The application deadline is 4 p.m. June 29. More information and specifics about eligibility are available on the website. 

In addition to the academies, CDT's Office of Professional Development also manages E-learning and mentorship programs. 

Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.