Press Release: Microassist, Mile2 Partner to Narrow Cybersecurity Skills Gap
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2016
Microassist and Mile2 Partner to Narrow Cybersecurity Skills Gap
Austin, Texas, May 10, 2016 — Responding to workforce, technology, and security industry concerns that point to an increasing gap in information security skills, longstanding Austin IT training provider Microassist, Inc. has partnered with Mile2 to offer both in-class and online training for cybersecurity professionals. Mile2 is a leading developer of accredited cybersecurity certifications.
“Microassist’s relationship with Mile2 started with creating custom security training programs for large enterprise customers. They have an obvious expertise in the field of security training, are willing to customize the training for customer benefits, and value the customer relationship just as much as Microassist does,” said Microassist CEO Sanjay Nasta. “They provide high-quality security training in an era when the need for securing our IT networks is growing in our customer base.”
Through this partnership, Microassist expands its information technology training offerings, adding Mile2’s catalog of cybersecurity courses. These courses include online “Guaranteed to Run” classes, virtual environments that simulate real-world cyber threats and functions, and accreditations and mappings to recognized industry security knowledge and standards. Training and certifications cover penetration testing, ethical hacking, cyber forensics and others. Many courses may be customized.
An April 2016 Bank Info Security commentary noted that a shortfall of more than 200,000 IT security specialists may exist in the United States. In February, independent global IT association ISACA and RSA Conference, a cryptography and information security event released their “State of Cybersecurity” report. The report shows 62 percent of survey respondents indicated their organizations have too few information security professionals, up from 56 percent two years earlier. In that same report, 59 percent noted less than half of job candidates were fully qualified upon hire.
“We’re living in an internet media society today, and as much as we want to secure our borders, homes, and companies, we also need to preserve the integrity of our intellectual property, business relationships, and personal information,” said Raymond Friedman, CEO and president for Mile2. “Microassist is a prominent organization when it comes to education in Texas. They have a significant presence in state government and in corporate development, and this is where cybersecurity education is growing. It’s a natural fit, and it makes sense to be able to stand on each other’s shoulders and work, bringing together cybersecurity experts and market presence in multiple arenas in the state of Texas.”
Instructor-led classes are held at Microassist’s North Austin training center and may be conducted at U.S. client locations. Many courses may be taken “virtually,” or online with live instructors, and self-paced options are also available. All Mile2 certification exams, delivered online, are accredited by the National Security Agency (NSA) Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) and mapped to NIST/Homeland Security’s NICCS’ Cyber Security Workforce framework.
Organizations pursuing ongoing professional development of their IT security staff, or security professionals interested in training or certifications, may visit Microassist’s online course schedule at www.microassist.com. For more information, or to ask about enterprise-wide initiatives or group rates, email the company at [email protected].
About Microassist: Microassist is an Austin, Texas-based learning and development consulting firm. For 28 years, the company has partnered with organizations to educate employees, constituents, and clients through traditional classroom training, innovative elearning, mission-critical applications, and ever-changing technology. The entire Microassist team invests time in understanding a client’s needs and the desired outcome of their training and learning strategy. Microassist creates, delivers, and hosts custom training for clients’ internal and external learners with a special emphasis on online usability and accessibility. For more information, visit www.microassist.com.
About Mile2: Mile2 develops and delivers proprietary, vendor-neutral professional certifications for the cybersecurity industry. Mile2 certification courses teach the fundamental and advanced principles of cybersecurity and follow a course/certification track that leads to advanced hands-on skills training for penetration testing, disaster recovery, incident handling and network forensics. Mile2 and its worldwide network of Authorized Training Partners provides cybersecurity training and consulting services that meet military, government, and corporate specifications. For more information, visit www.mile2.com.