The US Federal government has made cyber training and building a cyber workforce is a top priority.
In President Obama's Cyberspace Policy Review, released in 2009, he outlined the need for a coordinated national effort to train the next generation of cyber professionals. The report stated, that the US Government must "develop a strategy to expand and train the workforce, including attracting and retaining cybersecurity expertise in the Federal government".
President Trump also made it clear that cybersecurity was a top priority during his administration. He issued Executive Order 13800 aimed at modernizing Federal information technology infrastructure, working with state and local government and private sector partners to more fully secure critical infrastructure, and collaborating with foreign allies. This generated an effort by CISA to educate and train the future U.S. cybersecurity workforce.
In 2021, President Joe Biden released the Presidential Management Agenda (PMA), a comprehensive plan for modernizing the federal government. The PMA includes a number of initiatives aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of federal agencies, including increased cyber training and awareness-building.
State, local and federal agencies are missing cyber talent. Agencies are finding it difficult to fill cybersecurity positions with qualified personnel, putting the security of government systems at risk. The lack of qualified candidates is attributed to the high pay for private-sector jobs, and the lack of affordable education and training in cyber security.
Producing competent cyber operators capable of solving high-value problems can cost up to $500,000 USD per person in training, equipment, and mentoring. Furthermore, it would usually take such a person 5 to 10 years of professional experience to acquire the ways of working and ways of thinking required to succeed in the field.
The vast majority of cyber training and certifications are theoretical. Students must remember concepts from books to pass Multiple-Choice-Question Tests (MCQs). In some cases, students are allowed to bring their books to the exam. Some of them cheat by paying a professional to take the exam in their place.
MCSI's online platform is the most efficient and cost effective way to train cyber operators. The average cost is 95% more cost-effective than traditional methods. In addition, the average time to train a junior cyber operator is 5 weeks. Our Institute guarantees these results because it is not possible for students to cheat on our platform.
This is how we compare to alternative training vendors:
|Cost per course||$450||$5,000.00 - $8,000.00|
|Cost of Certification||Free||$1,000.00 - $2,000.00|
|Hours of training||600+ hours||40 hours|
|Delivered Online?||Yes||Timezone Limited|
|Practical Training||100%||Less than 50%|
|Cost for 10,000 hours of training exercises||Between $1-2k per user||Unavailable|
|Ability to white-label||Yes||Unavailable|
|Ability to create custom exercises and curriculums||Yes||Unavailable|
|Ability to generate compliance reports||Yes||Unavailable|
|Ability to track progress and measure skills using analytics||Yes||Unavailable|
Our certifications fully align with multiple US Military Occupational Specialties. This means that our certifications are versatile and can be applied in a number of operational settings.
Cyber operations officers oversee both offensive and defensive cyberspace operations in support of the full range of military programs. Offensive operations involve the application of computer capabilities to target the capabilities of enemies and hostile adversaries. Defensive operations involve protecting data, networks, net-centric capabilities, and other designated systems. Some cyber officers focus on offensive or defensive operations, while others integrate the two to support military operations.
Cyber operations specialists conduct offensive and defensive cyberspace operations in support of the full range of military options. They utilize devices, computer programs, and techniques designed to create an effect across cyberspace. Offensive operations involve applying force to target enemy and hostile adversary activities and capabilities. Defensive operations are conducted to protect data, networks, net-centric capabilities, and other designated systems by detecting, identifying, and responding to attacks against friendly networks.
Network Management Technicians supervise and manage the operation of tactical and strategic information networks, systems, and associated personnel at the local and wide area network (LAN and WAN) level.
Information Protection Technicians are the Army's subject matter experts on integrated cybersecurity activities and capabilities within the Army's portion of the cyberspace domain on the Department of Defense Information Networks (DODIN) enterprise. They are responsible for designing, building, configuring, operating, and maintaining cybersecurity capabilities and the implementation of a defensible network architecture in support of cyber operations internal defensive measures within the DODIN in order to enumerate, illuminate, locate, eradicate threats and respond to unauthorized activity, security alerts, attempted exploitation, data exfiltration, escalation, and any additional threats to mission command.
Senior Network Operations Technician in the Military are responsible for developing, implementing, and supporting both short- and long-term IT plans. They create and administer IT policies and procedures, and ensure the Military has the software and programs needed to complete its missions efficiently and effectively.
Information technology specialists are responsible for maintaining, processing and troubleshooting military computer systems/operations. They monitor system performance and make sure the appropriate personnel have access to data. They perform administrative duties including providing user support to military personnel. They also provide information security to protect the Military's computer systems against cyberattacks. Network and database administrators may work in military facilities or aboard ships and submarines.
As a Cyber Network Defender, you’ll perform specialized computer network defense duties, including infrastructure support, incident response, auditing, and managing. You’ll also detect and protect against unauthorized activity in the cyberspace domain and use a variety of tools to analyze and respond to attacks.
The telecommunications operations chief plans, coordinates, configures, directs, integrates, and supervises the installation, operation, maintenance, and management of telecommunications systems and networks, and oversees information systems support functions for command, control, communications, and computers (C4) used at all echelons of the Army. The Telecommunications Operations Chief serves in Signal and other special communications activities.
The electronic warfare specialist advises and assists the commander on electronic warfare operations. This person makes use of electromagnetic and directed energy to control the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) and defeat the enemy through planning, coordination, integration, and execution of electronic attack (EA), electronic protection (EP), and electronic support (ES).
Our certifications follow the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Framework.
Conceptualizes, designs, procures, and/or builds secure information technology (IT) systems, with responsibility for aspects of system and/or network development.
Provides the support, administration, and maintenance necessary to ensure effective and efficient information technology (IT) system performance and security.
Provides leadership, management, direction, or development and advocacy so the organization may effectively conduct cybersecurity work.
Identifies, analyzes, and mitigates threats to internal information technology (IT) systems and/or networks.
Performs highly-specialized review and evaluation of incoming cybersecurity information to determine its usefulness for intelligence.
Provides specialized denial and deception operations and collection of cybersecurity information that may be used to develop intelligence.
Investigates cybersecurity events or crimes related to information technology (IT) systems, networks, and digital evidence.
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