Information Assurance: Let’s See Some (Online) I.D.
Government calls for universal online identity verification system but is quick to let the private sector take the lead
The U.S. departments of Homeland Security and Commerce are moving forward with government recommendations to create and coordinate a universal online identity verification system. The system would allow Internet users to undergo a one-time identity verification process and be granted a universal username and password wrapped in multiple layers of electronic security. Those credentials would replace the typical hodgepodge of insecure usernames and passwords kept by most Web surfers and could be used to log in to hundreds of participating Web services or to engage in sensitive personal or financial transactions over the Internet where proof of I.D. is paramount.
Aware that any push for online I.D.s from Washington is likely to draw the ire of privacy advocates, the government agencies are seeking partners in the private sector to administer the program. Under the plan, I.D. verification would be done by a variety of different private companies, and Internet users could choose their I.D. provider based on the amount of personal information they want associated with the online I.D.
There are many technical and legal details to be ironed out before the program goes live, and graduates with an online degree in Information Assurance from Regis University will be on the digital front lines of this hot-button issue.
Public Administration: Ready for Anything?
Government not fully prepared to function in a disaster say federal executives
A recent survey of federal executives by the Government Business Council reveals a lack of confidence in the government’s ability to function without significant disruption in the event of a major natural disaster, terrorist attack or other serious emergency.
More than 200 high-ranking federal executives were polled across a variety of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Health and Human Services, four military branches, and 20 other federal entities for the Government Business Council report “COOP Planning at Your Agency: Keep Systems Running During Disaster.” Nearly all federal executives (93 percent) believe their individual roles are at least somewhat important in the event of a disaster, but only two-thirds say they could personally perform their duties without significant disruption in such an event. Confidence in the agencies represented by the executives was lower still. Slightly more than half (only 57 percent) thinks their particular agency would be able to function in a major emergency without significant disruption.
One of the biggest roadblocks, according to the executives, is access to critical information and data stored at their primary government worksite. If they can’t physically be at the office in a disaster, executives say technology tools are inadequate to access the data they need to perform their duties. It’s up to the next generation of graduates with an online Public Administration degree from to get the government prepared to function when needed most.
Applied Psychology: Community Psychologists and Refugees of War
New data show community psychologists play critical roles in helping war refugees start a new life
A study by the American Psychological Association (APA), “Resilience and recovery after war: Refugee children and families in the United States,” is reaffirming the critical role community-level psychologists and therapist play in the rehabilitation of adults and children who flee to the United States during times of war and civil unrest. While the nature of war has changed – terrorism and armed ethnic conflict is replacing organized military campaigns – the flood of refugees into the United States is undiminished. Each year, tens of thousands of refugees seek safe haven in America, and 40 percent of those refugees are children, according to the report.
To help this expanding population recover from often-horrific exposure to violence and trauma, the APA report advocates a combination of clinical expertise, heightened ethnical sensitivity, and caution as treatment of this type poses unique risks to the psychologist.
Because modern refugees are often escaping authoritarian dictatorships, the APA study recommends a greater awareness of the innate position of power psychologists hold over patients. The APA also found frequent exposure to stories of war-related atrocities and suffering often causes psychologists themselves to feel angry, depressed or overly detached from their work.
With caution and care, community psychologists can help refugees connect with others who have escaped war and genocide while building the foundation for a new and prosperous life free from tyranny. It’s a high calling, and one that graduates with an online Applied Psychology degree from Sacred Heart University will be ready to embrace.
These are just a few examples of the important work that awaits Army soldiers or reservists who embrace the opportunity to earn an online bachelor’s or master’s degree. Begin your journey to greater personal and professional success today. Contact the school of your choice and find out how convenient and effective online learning can be.