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Infosec Launches Free Resources to Help Organizations Be Cyber Smart During Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 16, 2021 by itnerd

Infosec Institute, a leading cybersecurity education provider, today announced free cyber education resources and special offers to help organizations and employees stay cyber safe during Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM) and beyond. Hosted every October by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), CSAM aims to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and provide resources for individuals to be secure online.

In support of this initiative, Infosec is providing free resources, including a comprehensive CSAM security awareness and training kit, a CSAM training webinar for security awareness administrators and a hands-on cyber skills challenge for current and aspiring cyber professionals within the Infosec Skills platform. Additionally, Infosec will offer discounted pricing on instructor-led boot campsthroughout October, making certification more affordable for existing and new cyber professionals.  

CSAM-exclusive offers and resources include: 

  • Free Cybersecurity Awareness Month resource kit: This year’s Road to Cybersecurity toolkit provides 17 training resources for organizations to launch a CSAM campaign, foster a culture of security and keep employees engaged throughout October. Designed to make launching a successful and impactful CSAM campaign easy, each toolkit comes with ready-to-use resources from training modules and assessments to posters, newsletters, employee presentations and more. Click here to download the free resource kit. 
  • Free Cybersecurity Awareness Month training webinar: This free webinar will provide resources and recommendations on how to run a security awareness campaign that will educate employees during October and beyond. Attendees will have the opportunity to get personalized advice on their programs and leave with actionable insights and easy-to-use materials to kickstart their campaign. Click here to register.  
  • Free hands-on cyber skills training during Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week: During the week of October 18, current and aspiring cyber professionals will have the chance to join a hands-on cybersecurity training experience inside the Infosec Skills cyber range. Each activity highlights a different set of cybersecurity skills allowing learners to explore what aspects of cybersecurity are most interesting to them. Additionally, those who complete the 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. To help make these courses more accessible, those who enroll before the end of October will save up to $1,000 off eligible certification boot camps. Click here to learn more.  

The complementary resources feature Infosec’s award-winning education and training content hosted on the Infosec IQ and Infosec Skills platforms. Infosec 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.

Learn more about all of Infosec’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month resources here

Infosec Awards $120,000 in Security Education Scholarships to Help Close Cyber Skills and Diversity Gap 

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 14, 2021 by itnerd

Infosec today announced 12 recipients of the 2021 Infosec Accelerate Scholarship. Established in 2018 to encourage new talent to join the cybersecurity industry and close the growing skills gap, the program awards lifetime access to Infosec Skills to help recipients launch and advance their cybersecurity careers. 

2021 Infosec Accelerate Scholarship winners are: 

Infosec Accelerate Women Scholarship 

  • Rachel Jones
  • Edelia McDaniel
  • Oriana Lau

Infosec Accelerate BIPOC Scholarship 

  • La’Neyshia Drew
  • Armaan Kapoor
  • Jorge Almengor

Infosec Accelerate Military and Veteran Scholarship 

  • Ryan Bardes
  • Ryan Gordon
  • Hugh Shepherd

Infosec Accelerate LGBTQI+ Scholarship 

  • Steff Allen

Infosec Accelerate Undergraduate Scholarship 

  • Olivia Galluci
  • Tyson Rhodes
  • Chanthea Quinland

Infosec’s technical skill development platform, Infosec Skills, includes over 1,200 resources to assess teams and close skills gaps with hands-on cyber ranges, projects and courses. Scholarship recipients have access to the newly released Infosec Skills cyber range, where cyber professionals can learn to defend against MITRE ATT&CK® Matrix for Enterprise tactics and techniques, perform penetration tests and write secure code hands-on. Labs inside the cyber ranges guide learners through realistic scenarios inside the operating environments they’d encounter on the job — with clear learning objectives and actionable lessons.

Scholarship recipients will also receive complimentary access to the Infosec Inspire User Conference, where they will be recognized. The only virtual event of its kind, Inspire is hyper-focused on building a culture of security — equipping cybersecurity leaders with knowledge and insights to develop employee cyber skills, strengthen security awareness and make a lasting impact. Learn more about Infosec Inspire here.

Finalists Announced For 2021 Infosec Inspire Awards

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 8, 2021 by itnerd

Infosec today announced finalists for the 2021 Infosec Inspire Security Awareness Awards recognizing exceptional security awareness and training programs across the nation. Of the many applications received from clients, four finalists were chosen for each of the two award categories — Impact Award and Engagement Award. 

The Impact Award celebrates the successes of Infosec’s most innovative and inspiring clients and partners. Award-winning success stories detail high-impact security awareness and training initiatives that empower employees and foster a strong security culture.

Finalists for the Impact Award include:  

The Engagement Award is a salute to the most engaging and influential security awareness and training programs. These are the programs that go “outside of the box” to harness the power of creativity, learner engagement or gamification to drive lasting behavioral change. 

Finalists for the Engagement Award include:

Winners will be announced during the Inspire Awards ceremony held on October 19, 2021, during the Infosec Inspire User Conference. The only virtual event of its kind, Inspire is hyper-focused on building a culture of security — equipping cybersecurity leaders with knowledge and insights to develop employee cyber skills, strengthen security awareness and make a lasting impact. Learn more about Infosec Inspire here.

New Infosec Skills Cyber Range Helps Cyber Pros Upskill, Reskill Hands-On

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 28, 2021 by itnerd

Infosec Institute today announced the release of the next generation of the Infosec Skills cyber range, a scalable training platform where cyber professionals can upskill and reskill inside the operating environments they encounter on the job. Named a 2021 Cyber Defense Magazine Best Product for Cybersecurity Training, Infosec Skills offers 1,200+ hands-on cybersecurity courses and cyber ranges mapped to the NICE Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity and MITRE ATT&CK® Matrix.

The cyber skills gap remains prevalent with almost 500 million open cybersecurity positions in the U.S. alone, according to CompTIA. Providing cybersecurity professionals with the tools they need to stay up to date with threats, practice skills in realistic environments and progress their careers is an essential step to close this persistent skills gap. 

Labs inside the new Infosec Skills cyber ranges come equipped with clear learning objectives and actionable feedback based on real-time learner inputs. Infosec Skills learners can practice penetration testing, writing secure code and countering ATT&CK tactics and techniques — hands-on. Infosec Skills cyber ranges require no additional software, hardware or server space, so teams can spend less time configuring environments and more time learning.

According to the Forrester Tech Tide™: Zero Trust Threat Detection and Response, “Cyber range services help cross-functional teams learn best practices of good cybersecurity incident response under pressure. Given the inevitability of a breach and the staffing and skills gap in the security industry, most security teams find value in these services and regular exercises.”

From command line basics to advanced adversarial techniques, Infosec Skills cyber ranges teach cyber teams how to:

  • Run red and blue team exercises
  • Write secure code by example
  • Pass dozens of technical certifications by gaining hands-on domain knowledge
  • Attack and defend cloud-based applications
  • And much more

The latest generation of Infosec Skills cyber range launches today with 18 new hands-on labs. Over 100 additional labs are scheduled for release by the end of 2021. Try the new Infosec Skills cyber range for free, or learn more about the latest release here.

Infosec Announces Two New Board Members

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 19, 2021 by itnerd

Infosec today announced the appointment of Paul Shain, president and CEO of Singlewire, and Neil Etheridge, COO of LitLingo, to the company’s Board of Directors. Infosec’s Board of Directors will work closely with the Infosec leadership team to drive profitable growth, execute business strategy and most importantly, deliver the most value to customers.

Infosec’s board members include: 

  • Paul Shain, president and CEO of Singlewire, has led the company’s strategic direction since its founding in 2009. Under his direction, the Singlewire team grew from a handful of people to over 100 employees, serving more than 7,000 customers. Paul is a seasoned technology industry executive who previously was senior vice president and executive committee member at CDW, a leading provider of technology products and services for business, government and education. Before CDW, Paul was CEO of Madison-based Berbee Information Networks Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation, acquired by CDW in October 2006. Paul currently serves on the board of directors for Fiduciary Management Inc., American Family Insurance Company, and the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association.
  • Neil Etheridge, a 20-year technology industry veteran, focused on bringing cloud computing and AI solutions to address the legal, compliance and culture challenges businesses face around the world. As LitLingo’s COO, Neil leads the company’s go-to-market functions including sales, marketing and customer success. LitLingo builds and deploys machine-learned models involving industry-specific litigation risk, fraud/waste/abuse risk, employment risk, product liability risk, IP risk, customer service optimization and culture analysis and insight. Prior to LitLingo, Neil was CMO for DISCO, a leading legal technology provider, and helped them grow from a series A startup to its most recent valuation of $785M.
  • Jack Koziol, Infosec’s CEO and founder, will serve as Chairman of the Board. A pioneer in cybersecurity training and education, Jack founded Infosec in 2004 with the goal of making cybercrime less profitable through education — and frustrating cybercriminals ever since. Before building Infosec from the ground up, Jack worked in the private sector, developing vulnerability and exploitation experience and training members of the U.S. intelligence community, military and law enforcement. 

In 2020, Infosec’s software segment of business reported an 87% increase in annual recurring revenue and a 102% net revenue retention rate. Additionally, the company achieved a Net Promoter Score of 54 — considered excellent by global NPS standards. In 2021, the company received many awards for its online training platforms, Infosec Skills and Infosec IQ, and announced several strategic industry alliances with organizations like Microsoft and Coursera.

Learn more about Infosec here.

Infosec Integrates with Microsoft Viva

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 14, 2021 by itnerd

Infosec, a leading cybersecurity education company, today announced their integration with the recently launched Microsoft Viva Learning platform, bringing cybersecurity training to Microsoft’s millions of learners worldwide. Infosec is Microsoft Viva Learning’s first cybersecurity education partner dedicated to cybersecurity education, including technical cyber skills training.

Studies have shown investing in training increases employee engagement and retention, but lack of time, scheduling conflicts and distance constraints often deter learners from taking advantage of professional development resources.[1] To help overcome these challenges and foster a culture of learning, Microsoft Viva has integrated learning content from 15 partners into Microsoft Teams, providing seamless, personalized training experiences for employees.

Using Teams, cybersecurity professionals can now learn in-demand skills like pentesting, incident response, industrial control system security, security leadership and more with direct access to 1,200+ Infosec Skills hands-on labs, courses and projects. The integration includes the newly released Infosec Skills cyber range, where cyber professionals can learn to defend against MITRE ATT&CK® Framework tactics and techniques, perform penetration tests and write secure code hands-on. Labs inside the cyber ranges guide learners through realistic scenarios inside the operating environments they’d encounter on the job — with clear learning objectives and actionable lessons.

Infosec’s technical skill development platform, Infosec Skills, includes over 1,200 resources to assess teams and close skills gaps with hands-on cyber ranges, projects and courses mapped to the NICE Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity and the MITRE ATT&CK® Framework.

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

Coursera Adds Infosec Cybersecurity Training

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 19, 2021 by itnerd

Infosec, the leading cybersecurity education company, today announced they have partnered with Coursera, one of the world’s leading online learning platforms, to bring award-winning Infosec Skills training to the more than 82 million learners on Coursera worldwide. Learners can now boost their cyber skills with courses on everything from secure coding and digital forensics to incident response and cybersecurity management. Infosec Skills courses now available on Coursera include Cyber Incident Response, Credential Access, Discovery, Lateral Movement & Collection, Python for Command-And-Control, Exfiltration and Impact and more, with several additional courses and Specializations scheduled for release in coming months. 

Coursera partners with more than 200 leading university and industry educators to bring flexible, affordable online learning to individuals and organizations worldwide. It offers a range of learning opportunities — from hands-on projects to job-relevant courses, certificates, and degree programs. 

Infosec’s technical skill development platform, Infosec Skills, includes over 1,200 resources to assess teams and close skills gaps with hands-on cyber ranges, projects and courses mapped to the NICE Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity and MITRE ATT&CK® Framework. Learners can upskill on their schedule with hands-on cyber training aligned to their existing role and future career goals or upgrade to live, instructor-led boot camps to fast-track certification success. 

Learn more about Infosec Skills.

New Infosec IQ Cybersecurity Culture Survey Quantifies Security Beliefs, Sentiments

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

Infosec, the leading cybersecurity education company, today released one of the industry’s first cybersecurity culture assessment tools. The new Infosec IQ Cybersecurity Culture Survey introduces an actionable, scalable way to analyze and measure employee attitudes and perceptions towards security practices, policies and training strategies across five cultural domains.

The Infosec IQ Cybersecurity Culture Survey collects employee feedback and scores organizations across these five domains: 

  • Confidence: how employees classify their own ability to put their cybersecurity knowledge to practical use
  • Responsibility: how employees perceive their role in organizational security
  • Engagement: how willingly employees participate in an organization’s security awareness and training program and apply available resources and support to improve security behaviors
  • Trust: how employees perceive the security posture and processes at their organization
  • Outcomes: how employees perceive the consequences of a security incident at their organization

The Infosec IQ Cybersecurity Culture Survey helps security awareness managers evolve program goals and success metrics to align with recommendations from leading research firms like Forrester. According to a Forrester report authored by analysts Jinan Budge and Claire O’Malley, “Cultural change takes time and results are difficult to measure.” One technique they recommend CISOs use is “surveying the workforce to measure motivation, ability and triggers. This will allow you to quantify the strengths and weaknesses of an existing or potential SA&T [security awareness and training] program and gain insight into the current state of security culture.”1

Infosec IQ program managers can administer the Cybersecurity Culture Survey as needed and use results to guide changes to cybersecurity policies, practices or training strategies. The tool generates scores across all five domains and provides recommendations for strengthening cybersecurity culture and improving scores in each domain. Recommendations include training content and employee engagement features built within the Infosec IQ security awareness platform and suggestions for increasing the impact of security-related communications.

Click here to learn more about the Infosec IQ Cybersecurity Culture Survey.