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Purdue University Professor Eugene Spafford

"There appears to be some greater attention being placed on resources being brought to bear to develop [information assurance] educational programs," says Purdue University Professor Eugene Spafford.

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Purdue University professor Eugene Spafford says that both industry and government are focusing more on the need for students to receive training in information assurance. "We've had people in Washington talking about [the] need for putting in resources, so the awareness has increased and that is good," Spafford says.

However, Spafford points to a dearth of resources provided by industry, such as equipment and training. Also, the government has not supplied funding to boost the number of students going through programs or to raise the resources and classrooms to get the training.

Spafford says students currently entering the computing field are a lot more comfortable with the technology as well as with adopting new technology. He points to education's willingness to cooperate with government and business to grow information assurance to desired 2011 levels. "Business at the back end has to be willing to hire students and to state a preference where students who get the kind of training that is going to demonstrate that they understand how to produce quality code, take issues of privacy and security into account rather than simply doing the sort of quick and flashy Web programming that often leads to security problems and privacy violations,"  Spafford says.

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