Accounting and Management Information Systems Get National Security Certification

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 03-15-2007

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Gail Corbitt
Accounting and MIS
530-898-6463

California State University, Chico’s Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems (MIS) has received notification from the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) of certification of information security competency that is the first step in becoming a Center for Excellence with the National Security Agency.

"We are the first university in Northern California to have this certification," said Gail Corbitt, chair of Accounting and MIS (AMIS). "The Center for Excellence status is being sought so that we can apply for NSA grants and provide opportunities for our students for jobs and internships with federal and state agencies."

Ron Pike, MIS lecturer, has taken the lead on the certification. "We have to demonstrate that the courses we offer in information assurance meet the curriculum standards set by NSA. Very few schools have this certification, so we are among the elite."

CSU, Chico is the only California State University with a Business Information Systems degree. It is one of two universities in the Americas to host other schools on the SAP system, one of the major business enterprise software systems in the world. The College of Business program hosts more than 100 schools throughout the world on their SAP systems, and they host other schools on assessment software, Student Tracking Evaluation and Portfolio System, a student-developed system for assurance of learning activities.

Pike is one of a few dozen faculty members nationwide who was admitted and completed courses in network security from the U.S. Government. In fact, he is one of a few dozen faculty members nationwide who was admitted and completed courses in network security from the U.S. Government. In fact, he was the first academic person admitted to this elite educational opportunity.

The AMIS department will receive an official certificate at the June 5, CNSS Awards Ceremony at the 11th Colloquium for Information Systems Education in Boston.

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