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Annapolis firm named cyber security trainer

Annapolis-based TeleCommunication Systems Inc., announced Monday that its Art of Exploitation cybersecurity training group has been named as an authorized training organization for ISACA’s new Cybersecurity Nexus certification program.

The CSX certification, which offers career progression training on cybersecurity incident first response, is the first to measure a cybersecurity professional’s knowledge and skills against a performance-based final exam. TCS’ Art of Exploitation® Training instructors will help professionals sharpen their cybersecurity first responder skills using learning tools and curriculum co-developed by TCS and ISACA. Earlier this year, TCS announced it is providing the AoE Training curriculum and PerformanScore learning and development tool as the foundation for ISACA’s CSX certification program.

TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, INC. LOGOThe CSX program is specifically aligned with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Frameworks. CSX certifications are the only vendor-agnostic credentials to combine knowledge and skills-based training against a performance-based test. TCS’ AoE Training for the CSX program is delivered via cloud-based and on-site instruction.

TCS’ AoE Training curriculum and instructors have taught advanced cybersecurity concepts to 12,000 government and enterprise professionals since 2009.

As an ISACA ATO, TCS is addressing the global talent shortage for cybersecurity professionals.

According to the State of Cybersecurity: Implications for 2015, a recently released study by ISACA and the RSA Conference, one in three organizations are unable to fill open cybersecurity positions.

This same study found that less than half of organizations feel their current security teams can adequately detect and/or respond to complex cybersecurity incidents.

“The global cybersecurity skills shortage is more than evident, and companies worldwide have an emerging need for skilled cyber professionals,” said Christos K. Dimitriadis, Ph.D., CISA, CISM, CRISC, ISACA’s international president. “ISACA is committed to helping close the skills gap by developing skills-based cybersecurity training and performance-based certification exams, and the ATOs, including TCS, are helping us accomplish this goal as global training providers.”

TCS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Drew Morin added: “As cybersecurity threats continue to spread, it is imperative that organizations have qualified personnel to detect, triage and eliminate these threats. ISACA’s comprehensive CSX program provides cybersecurity first responders with the knowledge, tools and hands-on training to protect and defend organizations against cyber threats. As an Authorized Training Organization for ISACA, TCS is fully committed in arming cybersecurity first responders with valuable, current and hands-on skills to address network incidents in the defense of our nation’s critical infrastructure.”