CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq-Several Soldiers from the communications field received specialized civilian computer training on a security program that will be required around the Army.

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Dory, information systems technician, 81st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Washington Army National Guard from Seattle, Wash., was able to use his civilian job skills to teach the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Security+ training in March, the first to be taught here.

"I think the study group has been a great opportunity for Soldiers to learn how to apply information security skills directly to their military jobs," said Dory, a systems analyst for The Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash. His professional certifications include information systems security professional, ethical hacker, Cisco network associate, and Microsoft certified systems engineer.

According to the Department of Defense Directive 8570.1, all U.S. DOD employees or contractors engaged in work related to information security are required to be certified in several systems applications, including the CompTIA Security+.

The security+ training covers systems security, network information structure, access control, assessments and audits, cryptography and organizational security. It is a vendor-neutral certification that is taught at centers around the world.

"The security+ coursework helps (to) develop a greater understanding of information security," said Dory. "It makes these Soldiers more effective in maintaining cyber security for their units and the Army."

Many Soldiers are taking advantage of this opportunity to expand their computer-based knowledge. Baron University, a computer training program managed by Bravo Company, 16th Special Troops Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, is open to any Soldier wishing to gain new certifications and job training.

For more information on Baron University and the test center, contact Chief Warrant Officer Dannie Walters at dannie.walters@iraq.centcom.mil.

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