University of Fairfax Doctoral Graduate Receives International Recognition, President Victor Berlin Announced

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The University of Fairfax President Victor Berlin announced today that Bryan Cline, Doctoral Student at the University and Director of Information Services Risk Management, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will present his paper entitled Factors Related to the Implementation of ISSE: A Quality Perspective at the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) in the Netherlands June 15, 2008.

The University of Fairfax President Victor Berlin announced today that Dr. Bryan Cline, graduate of the University and Director of Information Services Risk Management at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia was selected by the International Council on Systems Engineering to present his paper entitled Factors Related to the Implementation of ISSE: A Quality Perspective at the INCOSE International Symposium on June 19, 2008 in The Netherlands. Dr. Cline's work reflects the cutting edge enterprise level information security projects undertaken by mid-career information assurance professionals who seek their doctorates at the University of Fairfax.

Dr. Cline's paper reports on research he has conducted on methods for increasing the security of information systems during the system acquisition and development process. His work indicates that application of information systems security engineering during the system development life cycle can "reduce overall risk to project scope, cost and schedule; and address the most critical IT security compliance issues affecting their project". Dr. Cline's work builds on research he published in the Information Systems Control Journal in 2007.

"The support of the fellow students, the faculty and the administration of the University of Fairfax has enabled me to conduct much needed research on the use of ISSE in the SDLC. The University provides senior IA professionals a unique opportunity to hone their ability to make enterprise level contributions to their clients, employers and the field as a whole," offered Dr. Cline.

President Victor Berlin stated, "Bryan's work exemplifies the quality and applicability of the research produced by the doctoral students enrolled at the University of Fairfax. These students are senior IA professionals seeking to advance the IA state of the art through tested research results. The visibility Bryan's work has achieved internationally is further testimony to the significance and ready applicability of the research undertaken at the University.
Through its online degree programs, the University of Fairfax cultivates industry and government leaders capable of effectively anticipating and defending against cyber attacks. Given the nation's critical need for qualified personnel who can protect corporate information systems and the field's rapid expansion (forecast to grow by more than 2 million workers by 2010), the information security focus of the University of Fairfax is especially important.

"The dedication and the success of our students are evident even while they are still in school," said President Victor Berlin. He continued, "Our graduates clearly demonstrate how the University accomplishes its mission to provide adult learners with high quality, practitioner-oriented, graduate degree programs that develop highly effective, ethical leaders who address critical issues at the forefront of the information technology arena."

Bryan S. Cline, CISA, CISM, CISSP-ISSEP, CPP, CAP, is the Director of IS Risk Management for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA), and former Technical Director for Information Assurance Services for QinetiQ North America Defense Solutions in Stafford, Virginia (USA). He has more than 25 years of experience in information systems--10 years of which were in information systems security management and engineering in the US Department of Defense and North Atlantic Treaty Organization--and became part of the quality movement in 1991 supporting quality program implementations in three commands. Dr. Cline earned his doctorate in information assurance from the University of Fairfax, Mclean, Virginia (USA).

The University of Fairfax, an independent, non-profit online graduate university, is the first graduate institution in the U.S. with a singular focus on information security. The university is a leading provider of high quality, online graduate degree programs in information security/assurance for senior INFOSEC professionals. University of Fairfax students come from all across the nation, including Arizona, North Carolina, New York, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland. Their employers included Verizon, Lockheed Martin, System1, Wachovia, Mantech, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Department of Defense. They hold positions in areas that include IT Compliance, Enterprise Architecture, higher education, Information Security (IS) and Information Assurance (IA).

The University of Fairfax addresses the accelerating shortage of qualified information security personnel by delivering INFOSEC project-driven curricula to senior INFOSEC practitioner students through web-based technology, enabling the University to serve a national student body. The University of Fairfax faculty is comprised of senior IA practitioners who serve federal agencies, federal contractors and private-sector employers. The University enables senior IS/IA professionals to advance their careers in the information security field through its unique, accelerated Masters and Doctoral programs in information assurance and security while they work full-time in the field.

The University of Fairfax is headquartered in the National Capital Region.

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