VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University Information Technology
Department Chair and Associate Professor Jaci Lederman has earned the
EC-Council’s Certified Chief Information Security Officer certification.
The CCISO Certification is an industry-leading program that
recognizes the real-world experience necessary to succeed at the
highest executive levels of information security.
Exam candidates must provide evidence demonstrating industry
experience or competency in five domains: Governance and Risk
Management; Information Security Controls, Compliance, and Audit
Management; Security Program Management Operations; Information
Security Core Competencies; and Strategic Planning, Finance,
Procurement, and Vendor Management. Being able to understand different
frameworks that set protocols for how technology should be deployed
and managed within organizations such as the Department of Defense or
publicly traded companies subject to regulatory compliance is a major
component of the exam certification.
“Some people might not realize all the different areas that IT
encompasses,” Lederman said. “I feel this certification is valuable
because it helps me in my role as IT Department Chair to ensure our
degree programs are aligned with industry needs and standards.
“Managing risk is a large part of information security, and
understanding why an organization is required to follow National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), International Standards
Organization (ISO) or Control Objectives for Information and Related
Technology (COBIT) will impact how or why something is done. Teaching
our students technology skills is very important, but being able to
teach skills along with understanding the compliance or risk
mitigation tactic behind why certain actions are taken will make them
better prepared to work in different industries and organizations.
“This certification highlights the need to make information and cyber
security a priority at the beginning of any technology project. The
curriculum development within the Information Technology Department
has to use this same approach. From networking to application
development, security and cyber security is a focal point of learning.”
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VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the
Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in
Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers,
and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education
Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in
Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing
and Logistics in Fort Branch. A leader in developing Early Colleges
statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and
certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in
technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs
in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 35 other states, and 17
countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana campuses with
residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only
college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become
President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S.
President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana
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