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Millions Learn Cybersecurity Essentials With Infosec Institute Fueling 62% ARR Growth in 2021

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 26, 2022 by itnerd

Infosec Institute, a leading cybersecurity education company, today announced impressive 2021 growth for its software segment of business — reporting a 62% increase in annual recurring revenue. Infosec’s software platforms — Infosec IQ and Infosec Skills — helped millions of learners make the digital world safer in 2021 by delivering 26 million minutes (49 years’ worth) of cybersecurity training.

Record numbers of cyber incidents and open cybersecurity roles in 2021 fueled the need for security education to strengthen organizations’ security cultures, upskill cyber teams, reduce business risk and meet compliance. As the only cybersecurity education provider with role-guided training for the entire organization, Infosec rose to this challenge by driving significant innovation in its security education software, investing in customer care and satisfaction and focusing on corporate social responsibility by building community.

Innovating for growth 

Two SaaS cybersecurity education platforms — Infosec Skills for hands-on security skills training and Infosec IQ for security awareness and phishing training — fueled Infosec’s 2021 growth with these innovation achievements:

Providing award-winning customer experience

Throughout 2021, industry leaders recognized Infosec for its market leadership and customer experience with numerous accolades based on more than 1,500 validated customer reviews including:

Building community through cybersecurity

Beyond business growth, Infosec focused on its commitment to corporate social responsibility initiatives, earning recognition as a TrustRadius’ TechCares award recipient, celebrating companies that have gone above and beyond to provide strong Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). 

Through Infosec Gives, the company’s 1-1-1 philanthropic commitment to sharing profit, product and time to make a lasting impact, the team has:

  • volunteered  more than 850 hours to over 42 local non-profits
  • donated $15,000 to over 50 organizations and 
  • awarded $200,000 in Infosec Accelerate Scholarships to make cybersecurity more accessible to women, BIPOC, LGBTQI+, veterans and undergraduates.

Infosec also launched their Infosec Gives Partner Program, a collaboration initiative with industry organizations sharing Infosec’s vision to make cyber training more accessible. The program welcomed the Women’s Society of Cyberjustsu as their first partner. 

The company’s commitment to the community also shined through its employee experience with Infosec recognized as a Madison Top Workplace and Chicago Best Place to Work.

Infosec Institute Named A Top 25 Cybersecurity Company By The Software Report 

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 12, 2022 by itnerd

Infosec Institute, a leading cybersecurity education company, announced that it was recognized by The Software Report as one of the Top 25 Cybersecurity Companies in 2021. The award celebrates cybersecurity companies that are committed to providing the most cutting-edge protection solutions for their customers.

The Software Report, a comprehensive source for market research and insights, selected Infosec from hundreds of nominations based on their leadership in the field and resounding feedback from industry professionals. Infosec was recognized alongside industry leaders like Palo Alto Networks, McAfee, Blackberry and BugCrowd. To be considered for the Top 25 list, each nominated organization had to:

  • Be a cybersecurity company demonstrating dominance in their respective category 
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of their leadership teams 
  • Show an ability to establish a positive, inclusive working environment  

See the full list of 2021 Top 25 Cybersecurity Companies. 

Coalfire Selects Infosec Institute to Bolster Cybersecurity Team Training 

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 6, 2022 by itnerd

Infosec Institute, a leading cybersecurity education provider, today announced their partnership with Coalfire to deliver hands-on technical cybersecurity training through the award-winning Infosec Skills platform. Coalfire is a leading cybersecurity advisor that combines extensive cloud expertise, advanced technology and innovative approaches to empower their clients to secure their digital transformations.

Today, more than 70% of security leaders are looking to the cloud to power their digital transformation. As cyber threats also move to cloud, cloud security measures, processes and policies must be in place to avoid misconfigurations and vulnerabilities that are currently the cause of many security incidents. To help organizations mitigate the risk of moving to the cloud, Coalfire has partnered with Infosec to equip their team with the latest cloud security knowledge, skills and certifications. 

Coalfire will leverage Infosec Skills to provide ongoing, hands-on training for the variety of cybersecurity professionals and developers that not only create their cloud security solutions, but also advise clients and protect client data. The training will complement Coalfire’s robust Learning and Development program through role-guided learning, equipping each learner with skills to combat the latest threats in their area of expertise. 

Through the partnership, Coalfire will leverage the Infosec Skills platform to provide additional training to members of their cybersecurity team. Named a 2021 IDC MarketScape Leader for IT Training in the U.S., Infosec Skills offers 1,200+ hands-on cybersecurity courses and cyber ranges where cyber professionals can upskill and reskill inside the operating environments they encounter on the job. 

Learn more about successfully technical training cybersecurity teams with Infosec Skills

Infosec Institute Named a Leader in 2021 IDC MarketScape for IT Training in the U.S. 

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 4, 2022 by itnerd

Infosec Institute, a leading cybersecurity education company, today announced it was recognized as a Leader in the 2021 IDC MarketScape for IT Training in the U.S. The report cited Infosec’s focus on quality training content and instructors, integration of labs and role-relevant materials as strengths of its Infosec Skills technical skill development platform.

While IT training is challenging for most organizations, the cybersecurity skills gap, in particular, has left organizations vulnerable to rising cyber threats.* Infosec is among the few IT training vendors equipped to provide authoritative and relevant cybersecurity training according to the IDC MarketScape assessment that positioned Infosec as a Leader among major IT training providers in the U.S. 

The study reviewed 22 of the most well-known IT training vendors in the U.S., assessing the quantitative and qualitative characteristics that are most significant to IT education buyers and how specific training firms perform against those characteristics. Key characteristics considered include instructor quality, quality and relevance of the material, breadth of training content, content reference value and convenience. 

In the analysis, the IDC MarketScape report lists Infosec as a Leader for both its strategies and capabilities, specifically highlighting these strengths:

  • Producing authoritative content and certification test preparation
  • Quality of content, materials and instructors
  • Integration of hands-on labs into instruction
  • An easy approach to purchasing and partnerships with technology vendors 

Infosec Skills equips IT, security and engineering teams with unlimited access to over 1,200 resources to assess and close skills gaps. Learners progress from beginner to expert with training mapped to in-demand cyber roles like SOC analyst and cloud security engineer, as well as industry standards like the NICE Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity and MITRE ATT&CK® Matrix for Enterprise. Interactive cyber ranges go one step further to move learners from theory to practice through guided, realistic labs with clear learning objectives and actionable lessons.

Download a complimentary copy of the IDC MarketScape: U.S. IT Training 2021 Vendor Assessment here.

Infosec Institute Announces Monty Schmidt as Chief Technology Officer 

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 2, 2021 by itnerd

Infosec Institute, the leading cybersecurity education company, today announced the appointment of Monty Schmidt as the company’s first chief technology officer (CTO). In this role, Monty will oversee Infosec’s software engineering and product organization to accelerate platform innovation, execute Infosec’s go-to-market strategy and deliver customer value.

Monty brings over 25 years of experience leading high-growth software organizations spanning the education, media, healthcare and financial technology industries. Monty joins the organization as a proven technology entrepreneur, founding and growing Madison-based Sonic Foundry, a media software company. Over his 20 years at the organization, Monty led its products, people and business, transforming Sonic Foundry into a billion-dollar media company in the original business model and, later, reinventing the organization into the software company it is today.

Most recently, Monty served as the CTO for Welbi, a healthcare software platform, leading the organization’s product development and deployment strategy to drive growth for the company. Throughout Monty’s career, he has been an active contributor to Madison’s entrepreneur and technology community by mentoring start-ups and serving as an investor and board member for companies such as Gener8tor and TechStars.

Infosec is the only security education provider with role-appropriate training for the entire workforce. Year-to-date, the company has received many awards for its online training platforms, Infosec Skills and Infosec IQ, and announced several strategic industry alliances with organizations like MicrosoftCheck Point Software Technologies and Coursera
 

Infosec Institute Launches Free Holiday-Themed Resources To Help Organizations & Employees Stay Cyber-Safe

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 1, 2021 by itnerd

Infosec Institute, the leading cybersecurity education provider, today announced free cyber education resources and special offers to help organizations and employees stay cyber-safe during the holiday season and beyond. 

With online shopping fraud doubling in the first half of 2021 and nearly 90% of U.S. consumers planning to shop online this season, cybercrime and holiday scams are expected to reach record highs this year. From gift card scams to fake shipping notifications, hackers use the holidays as an opportunity to steal personal information, hack into organizations and scam individuals amidst holiday shopping. 

To help organizations and consumers avoid these holiday cyber risks, Infosec is providing free resources, including a comprehensive security awareness and training kit, an ethical hacking training webinar for security professionals and a hands-on cyber skills challenge hosted in Infosec Skills for current and aspiring cyber professionals. Additionally, Infosec will extend its Black Friday discounts on instructor-led boot camps throughout December, making certification more affordable.  

Holiday-exclusive offers and resources include: 

  • Free holiday-themed security awareness resource kit: The free toolkit makes sure organizations aren’t “Hacked for the Holidays” with seven resources to help employees identify and avoid the most common holiday scams like fake online storefronts and charity scams. Designed to make launching a successful holiday campaign easy, each toolkit comes with ready-to-use training modules, assessments, posters and more. Click here to download the free security awareness resource kit. 
  • Free ethical hacking training webinar: This free webinar teaches viewers how to think like a hacker and understand key skills and resources to help them land a penetration testing role. Attendees will have the opportunity to test their new skills hands-on and leave with actionable insights on how to use ethical hacking to protect their organizations. Click here to register.  
  • Free hands-on “Hack the Holidays” cyber skills training: Throughout December, current and aspiring cyber professionals will have the chance to test their skills with a hands-on cybersecurity training experience inside the Infosec Skills cyber range. Those who complete the “Hack the Holidays” challenge can enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card, Infosec hoodie and 1-year subscription to Infosec Skills. Click here to learn more and sign up. 
  • Discounted instructor-led certification boot camps: Infosec’s instructor-led boot camps help cybersecurity professionals earn certifications critical to advancing their careers, maximizing their earning potential and remaining up-to-date on the latest cyber skills. Those who enroll before the end of December will save up to 30% on eligible certification boot camps. Click here to learn more.  

These complimentary resources feature Infosec’s award-winning security education content hosted in Infosec IQ and Infosec SkillsInfosec IQ security awareness and training empowers employees with the knowledge and skills to stay cyber secure at work and home with over 2,000 awareness and training resources. Infosec Skills helps cyber professionals upskill and get certified with unlimited access to 1,200+ hands-on cybersecurity courses, labs and cyber ranges.

Infosec Institute Celebrates Successful Cybersecurity Training Integration Within Microsoft Viva Learning

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 3, 2021 by itnerd

Infosec Institute, a leading cybersecurity education company, today announced their integration with Microsoft Viva Learning is now available to all Microsoft Teams clients. Infosec is Viva Learning’s first cybersecurity education partner and brings over 1,200 Infosec Skills security training resources to millions of Teams learners. 

Designed to make learning a natural part of the day, Viva Learning seamlessly integrates access to learning content into the places employees already spend their time. Infosec is one of 15 launch partners participating in the Viva Learning ecosystem to help organizations foster a culture of learning, keep pace with technology change and support professional development goals.

Using Teams, learners can build in-demand skills like pentesting, incident response, industrial control system security, security leadership and more with 1,200+ Infosec Skills hands-on labs, courses and projects. The integration includes access to the Infosec Skills cyber range, where cyber professionals can learn hands-on how to defend against MITRE ATT&CK® Matrix for Enterprise tactics and techniques, perform penetration tests and write secure code.

Infosec’s technical skill development platform, Infosec Skills, equips IT, security and engineering teams with unlimited access to over 1,200 resources to assess and close skills gaps. Its hands-on cyber ranges, projects and courses are all mapped to the NICE Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity and the MITRE ATT&CK® Matrix for Enterprise.

Learn how to access Infosec Skills content on Microsoft Teams here.

Check Point Software Brings Infosec Institute’s Award-Winning Security Awareness Training To Leading Cyber Solutions Platform

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 26, 2021 by itnerd

Infosec Institute, a leading cybersecurity education company, today announced it has partnered with Check Point Software Technologies to bring its award-winning security awareness training and phishing simulator to the Check Point Technology Partner Alliance. Check Point Software is a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions to governments and corporate enterprises globally.

The new partnership equips Check Point Software clients with additional resources to secure the human element of cybersecurity with access to over 2,000 Infosec IQ awareness training modules, phishing simulations, assessments, supporting resources and more. More than 100,000 organizations can now purchase Infosec IQ with Check Point learning credits to boost employee security awareness, reduce business risk and meet compliance.

A Leader in the 2020 Forrester Wave for Security Awareness and Training, Infosec IQ equips organizations with everything needed to prepare employees to detect, report and defeat cybercrime. The platform also features the newly released Infosec IQ Cybersecurity Culture Survey, an innovative way for Check Point customers to measure security culture by analyzing employee attitudes and perceptions towards cybersecurity and security training efforts.

Check Point Cybersecurity Learning Credits (CLCs) enable customers to maximize their cybersecurity investment and easily purchase credits for multiple services. Check Point Software clients can redeem CLCs for many enablement packages, including certification training, pentesting training, exam vouchers, CPX,  consulting, optimization, virtual labs, security awareness and more.

 www.checkpoint.com/training/smartawareness/ to enroll in Infosec IQ and Check Point’s Security Solutions.

Infosec Institute & CJHNetwork Partner To Reskill Workers Impacted By COVID-19

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 20, 2021 by itnerd

Infosec Institute today announced it has partnered with CJHNetwork to upskill and reskill workers impacted by COVID-19. CyberQuest is filling Ireland’s growing cybersecurity skills gap. Founded by IT@Cork Skillnet, CyberQuest was established in November 2020 to help individuals impacted by the pandemic find a career path in cybersecurity. 

The partnership comes as Irish unemployment rates are at record highs due to the impact of COVID-19, which coincides with millions of open cybersecurity roles worldwide. Leveraging cyber education resources from the award-winning Infosec Skills platform, CyberQuest offers free training for six in-demand cyber roles across three competency levels: foundation, intermediate and advanced. The program also includes coaching, mentoring and interview preparation to guide Ireland’s recent graduates and unemployed workers into the cyber career of their choice. 

Since its launch, over 400 trainees have entered the CyberQuest program, with over 60 graduates placed in cyber roles with HP Enterprises, PFH, Arkphire, Bank of Ireland and other leading employers. 

Infosec’s technical skill development platform, Infosec Skills, includes over 1,200 learning resources to assess teams and close skills gaps with hands-on cyber ranges, labs, projects and courses mapped to the NICE Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity and the MITRE ATT&CK® Matrix for Enterprise. As part of their reskilling program, CyberQuest selects content from the Infosec Skills library aligned to Ireland’s most in-demand cyber roles in addition to guidance from the NICE Framework, an international resource that provides a set of building blocks for describing the tasks, knowledge and skills needed to perform cybersecurity work.

Learn more about the CyberQuest training program, or explore the Infosec Skills technical skill development platform here.   

CJHNetwork is one of the founding members of the PPA. The Alliance consists of six consultancies working across Ireland and the UK, their common purpose is to increase the capability of people. PPA will extend the Infosec programmes into the UK, starting next month.

Infosec Institute Hosts World’s First Certified CMMC Professional (CCP) Boot Camp

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 13, 2021 by itnerd

Infosec Institute, a market-leading cybersecurity education company, today announced it will host the world’s first Certified CMMC Professional (CCP) Boot Camp this week. A CMMC-AB Licensed Partner Publisher (LPP) and Licensed Training Provider (LTP), Infosec continues to lead the cybersecurity certification training market with over 16 years of success and thousands of certified cybersecurity professionals. CMMC-AB is an independent accreditation entity responsible for establishing, managing, controlling and administering the CMMC assessment, certification, training and accreditation processes for the Defense Supply Chain.

Held from October 11 to October 15, 2021, Infosec’s five-day CCP Boot Camp delivers a comprehensive overview of the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification requirements to prepare students for their upcoming CCP certification exam — the first step to becoming a Certified CMMC Assessor. J Kenneth (Ken) Magee, a CMMC-Provisional Instructor will instruct the inaugural CCP boot camp. Magee is a veteran Infosec boot camp instructor who holds over 25 professional certifications. 

Established by the U.S. Department of Defense, the CMMC Model assesses and enhances the cybersecurity posture of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB). It serves to validate the appropriate levels of cybersecurity practices and processes needed to support basic cyber hygiene and protect controlled unclassified information on the Department’s industry partners’ networks.

Following approval from CMMC-AB, Infosec will add an additional Certified Assessor Level 1 Boot Camp to its catalog of over 100 cybersecurity boot camps. Like the Certified Professional Boot Camp, the Certified Assessor Level 1 Boot Camp will provide several days of live, instructor-led training and CMMC-AB-certified course materials alongside on-demand access to 1,200+ cybersecurity training resources inside Infosec Skills

Learn more about Infosec’s CMMC curriculum and boot camp schedule.