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Meggitt Training Systems to showcase virtual and live-fire solutions at Turkey expo

SUWANEE, GA April 11, 2017 Meggitt Training Systems will showcase virtual and live-fire range products for a comprehensive weapons-training solution at the 13th International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) in Istanbul, Turkey on May 9-12, 2017.

“Threats posed by terrorist organizations and other unconventional forces dictate an evolution in military and law enforcement weapons training to incorporate new scenarios,” said Jeff Murphy, president, Meggitt Training Systems. “We look forward to exhibiting at IDEF for the first time and see significant sales opportunities at the national, regional and local levels for our virtual and live-fire products.”

Meggitt solutions to be highlighted at IDEF 2017 include:

The FATS® 100MIL is a major expansion in weapons training capability, introducing revolutionary features such as advanced game engine 3-D marksmanship, enhanced diagnostics with intelligent automatic coaching and VBS3-based collective training. In addition, the FATS 100MIL allows assignment of Meggitt’s patented wireless BlueFire® weapons to each trainee.

The GranTrap™ granulated rubber bullet trap utilizes soft media to stop incoming rounds and capture them predominately intact. This minimizes airborne lead dust, averts back-splatter and ricochet, and minimizes impact noise. The result is a cleaner and safer environment for shooting ranges, maximizing bullet recovery and recycling processes.

The XWT wireless target carrier is available in both indoor and outdoor versions and is weather-resistant for extreme environments. It moves along a rail system, powered by an internal direct-drive, dual-motor system, with anti-static wheels for quieter, smoother operation. A rechargeable battery automatically charges via a self-docking station.

The Multi-Function Stationary Infantry Target (MF-SIT) offers a fixed target head configuration that can respond to hits, automatic triggers activated by soldier movements, or a pre-programmed scenario, ensuring trainees do not anticipate target actions. This provides a realistic environment for urban operations and specialized training. The system is operated through radio frequency, hardwire or Ethernet controls that enable great flexibility in range design and usage.

Meggitt will exhibit at IDEF with its Turkish distributor IPA Defence, in booth #632 in Tüyap İstanbul Fair and Congress Center. Demonstrations will take place throughout show hours and by appointment at: https://meggitttrainingsystems.com/About-Meggitt/Trade-show-schedule/IDEF-2017-International-Defence-Industry-Fair/e/1.

About Meggitt Training Systems

Meggitt Training Systems, makers of FATS® and Caswell technologies, a division of Meggitt PLC, is the leading supplier of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems. Following the acquisition of FATS® virtual training systems and Caswell International’s live-fire ranges and services, Meggitt Training Systems has continued to grow its capabilities based on the legacy of these two industry leaders. Over 13,000 Meggitt live-fire ranges and 5,100 virtual systems are fielded internationally, providing judgmental, situational awareness and marksmanship training to the armed forces, law enforcement and security organizations.

Meggitt Training Systems employs more than 400 people at its headquarters in Atlanta and at facilities in Orlando, Canada, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, UAE, Australia and Singapore. It can deploy service personnel anywhere in the world for instructor training, system installation and maintenance.

About Meggitt PLC

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Meggitt PLC is an international group operating in North America, Europe and Asia. Known for its specialized extreme environment engineering, Meggitt is a world leader in aerospace, defense and energy, employing nearly 11,000 people at more than 50 manufacturing facilities and regional offices worldwide

SANS announces agenda for upcoming San Diego cyber training event


BETHESDA, MD April 3, 2017 SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, today announced the agenda for SANS Security West 2017 taking place May 9 - 18 in San Diego, CA. SANS Security West 2017 will feature more than 30 hands-on immersion style training courses and more than 10 bonus evening discussions. Included among the evening discussions is a talk by the CISO of SANS, Frank Kim, on the Ten Tenets of CISO Success.   

According to Frank Kim, "The modern CISO is now accountable for much more than just IT security. Ultimately, CISOs and security leaders need to understand and communicate in terms of business risk. This includes legal, regulatory, and business concerns. How the organization creates values and stays in business. Communication and strategic planning skills are a must in this modern risk landscape".


Courses at SANS Security West 2017 will span across many disciplines including core security, cyber defense, penetration testing, digital forensics and incident response, security management, and application developer. These courses vary in difficulty and are available for those who are new to information security as well as highly seasoned professionals. Attendees will have the opportunity to test their skills and compete against others in either the Core NetWars Experience, DFIR NetWars Tournament or the NetWars Defense challenge.

For a complete list of courses, instructors and bonus evening discussions, or to register for SANS Security West 2017, please visit: www.sans.org/u/qZA

About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cybersecurity training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 50 different courses at more than 200 live cybersecurity training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates employee qualifications via 30 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master's degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system--the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (www.SANS.org)

TSA expands partnership with American Public University to train 20,000 airport agents


CHARLES TOWN, WV March 28, 2017 American Public University (APU), part of American Public University System (Nasdaq: APEI), today announced that it has been selected by the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Institute of Higher Education (IHE) to provide quality, career-relevant academic programs to up to 20,000 TSA employees at 147 airports nationwide. APU -- one of just two such IHE partners in education, and the only fully-online institution -- was competitively chosen from a total field of 19 colleges and universities nationwide.

Under the expanded agreement, in collaboration with SBG Technology Solutions (SBG), TSA employees will be eligible to enroll in APU programs starting in September 2017, reducing the time needed to earn their TSA Certificate by nearly 40%, from 18 to 11 months. The eight- and 12-week programs include undergraduate learning tracks and certificates in Homeland Security, Intelligence Analysis, Security Management, Transportation and Border Security and Emergency and Disaster Management.  Continuing education courses are available pending approved TSA funding, and students can enroll in subsequent cohorts starting in January and May 2018, with course materials provided at no cost to them.

 "We are truly proud and honored to be partners in education with TSA and SBG to expand quality distance learning opportunities for those who do so much to serve and protect our citizens and our nation," said Dr. Chris Reynolds, dean of academic outreach and program development for APUS. "The program provides an optimum, hands-on learning experience for TSA employees by facilitating enhanced exchange of ideas and on-the-job experiences."

About SBG Technology Solutions

SBG Technology Solutions, Inc., an ISO 9001-2015 certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, is a provider of IT solutions, program management services, enterprise engineering support, cyber security services, software development services, intelligence services, and training to federal and commercial clients. Founded in 2004, SBG has emerged over the past twelve years as one of the premiere small government contractors in the nation. In 2016 SBG was recognized as one of the top 100 Veteran Owned businesses. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va. SBG has a presence in Washington, D.C., Arlington, Va., Jacksonville, Fla., San Diego, Calif. and Little Rock, Ark.  SBG has grown significantly over the past thirteen years, solidifying its reputation as an innovative and reliable business partner. Additional information about SBG can be found at http://www.sbgts.com/ Follow us @sbgts.

About American Public University System

American Public University System, recipient of the Online Learning Consortium's (OLC) Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and five-time recipient of OLC's Effective Practice Award, offers more than 200 online degree and certificate programs through American Military University and American Public University. Approximately 70,000 alumni worldwide have benefited from APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability and flexibility in pursuing and earning degrees in such areas as business, information technology, and security and global studies. For further information, visit www.apus.edu.

National cybersecurity training program launches at UMass Lowell


LOWELL, MA March 21, 2017 UMass Lowell and itSM Solutions LLC announced today that they are launching a new workforce training program focused on cybersecurity.

The training program – which is available via instructors or online video – is based on the cybersecurity framework issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in response to a 2013 executive order issued by then-President Barack Obama to protect the nation’s most critically important technology infrastructure that, if incapacitated or destroyed, would have a debilitating effect on national security, the U.S. economy, public health and safety.

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF) was subsequently issued by the agency and from there, Larry Wilson, who teaches cybersecurity courses at UMass Lowell and serves as the chief information security officer for the UMass system, set out to create a program that addresses all aspects of the framework, including security standards and core functions that align to the three stages of a cyber-attack (before, during and after) and map directly between cyber-threats and security controls.

The result of the work by Wilson is the UMass Lowell NCSF Controls Factory Methodology. It has earned Wilson a series of industry honors including being named to Security Magazine’s “2016 Most Influential People in Security” and SANS’ “People Who Made a Difference in Cybersecurity” for 2013, along with the International Security Executive (ISE) North America Project Award Winner in the academic and public sector category in 2013.

“I developed the NCSF Controls Factory Model as a communications aid to explain the key components of the UMass Cybersecurity Program to coworkers, managers, contractors and partners so that our key stakeholders would understand why, what and how we are building that program so that they are in a better position to help us achieve our mission,” said Wilson. “It makes sense to share that approach with other individuals and organizations through workforce training and development because of the growing need for a skilled cyber-workforce.”

Wilson’s work is also the basis of the new training program that itSM Solutions is partnering with the university to offer to professionals in government, private industry and at other academic institutions. Through the training program, NISTCSF.com, participants – who do not have to be IT professionals – learn to identify potential threats and how to mobilize the UMass Lowell NCSF Controls Factory Methodology across their operations to eliminate or address any of those threats. The controls factory system is so flexible that it allows individual organizations to set their own cybersecurity risk profile and to adapt it as needed as the threat landscape and vulnerabilities change.

“This is a valuable and timely contribution to workforce training and demonstrates that UMass is a leader in providing solutions to the most pressing issues facing our Commonwealth and our nation,” said UMass President Marty Meehan.

itSM Solutions is offering the training program under a license agreement negotiated by the UMass Lowell Office of Technology Commercialization, which facilitates the transfer of technology and other commercially viable intellectual property developed at the university to the marketplace for public use and benefit.

“As a public institution, UMass Lowell’s goals include making the intellectual property and best practices developed here available to others who would benefit from it, whether in the public sector, private industry or academia,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney. “The UMass Lowell NCSF training program will help organizations across the globe create and credential the cybersecurity workforce that is needed to address the demands of this growing field.”

“itSM Solutions is proud to partner with UML on this very exciting opportunity,” stated Rick Lemieux, managing partner at itSM Solutions. “We look forward to working with UMass Lowell to create additional NCSF training programs that will enable individuals and enterprises to stay ahead of the cybersecurity learning curve created by the ever-changing digital landscape and the Internet of Things.”

Three training options are available through itSM:

  • The NCSF Foundation Certification Course, which is available via instructor-led sessions and online video, outlines current cybersecurity challenges and explains how organizations that implement an NCSF program can mitigate these risks. This program is focused on candidates who need a basic understanding of the NCSF to perform their daily jobs as executives, accountants, lawyers or information technology professionals.
  • The NCSF Practitioner Certification Course, also available via instructor-led sessions and online video, details the current cybersecurity challenges plus teaches in depth the UMass Lowell NCSF Control Factory Methodology on how to design, build, test and manage an NCSF cybersecurity program. This program is focused on candidates who need a detailed understanding of the NCSF to perform their daily roles as cybersecurity engineers, testers or operations professionals.
  • The NCSF Certification Training Library, available via online video, prepares candidates to sit for the IT and information security (INFOSEC) certification exams aligned with the work and specialty roles associated with the NCSF.

Those who successfully complete the certification and meet university requirements may transfer credits and enroll in one of UMass Lowell’s master’s degree programs in information technology, such as network security or cybersecurity.

About itSM Solutions

itSM Solutions LLC is an accredited content development company specializing in the creation of print, digital book and self-paced video training solutions for Cybersecurity, Information Technology (IT), Programming, IT Service Management, IT Project Management and Business Management professionals. itSM’s career pathway training programs lead to a professional diploma, certification or degree and have been adopted by the who’s who of industry including HPE, Microsoft, Disney, Cisco, IRS, Navy, Lowes, Staples, Genzyme, Boeing, Intel, Molina Healthcare and many others.

About UMass Lowell

UMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its more than 17,750 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers. www.uml.edu

Norfolk Southern begins 23-city safety tour in Maryland

NORFOLK, VA March 20, 2017 Norfolk Southern's (NYSE: NSC) safety train will stop in 23 cities during 2017 as part of its Operation Awareness & Response (OAR) program, which provides first responders with free training on how to respond to a railroad incident.

The safety train kicks off March 21 in Hagerstown, Md., with three days of training at Norfolk Southern's rail terminal. Additional stops include communities in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, and South Carolina. The full schedule is available at the OAR program website, JoinNSOAR.com.

The OAR safety train is composed of a 2,000-horsepower, 273-ton locomotive painted in honor of emergency responders; two boxcars converted into 30-seat classrooms; four styles of tank cars: DOT-105, DOT-111, DOT-112, and DOT-117; and two 89-foot flatcars used to transport intermodal containers.

Each four-hour training session includes classroom instruction and hands-on training inside a locomotive and on rail cars. The sessions are recommended for representatives of fire and law enforcement departments, emergency medical services and hazmat response teams, military and homeland security personnel, and railroad customers and suppliers.

"We're committed to moving all materials on our railroad safely," said John Irwin, Norfolk Southern assistant vice president safety and environmental. "Important components of our safety culture include building relationships with first responders in the 22 states where NS operates and providing in-person educational opportunities like the OAR train."

NS is a 16-time national TRANSCAER Achievement Award winner. The award recognizes exceptional achievement in voluntary efforts by companies to help communities prepare for and safely respond to incidents involving transport of hazardous materials.

During 2016 Norfolk Southern provided training for about 5,600 emergency responders, government officials, and others in 18 states. The training included classroom seminars, hands-on sessions with rolling stock, table-top simulations, full-scale drills, and exercises at training centers operated by NS and the Association of American Railroads. Norfolk Southern also was instrumental in developing the AskRail™ mobile app, which provides real time rail information to first responders.

About Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

Lockheed Martin Canada delivers combat trainer system to New Zealand Navy

OTTAWA, Ontario, March 14, 2017 Completing the first major delivery under the New Zealand ANZAC Frigate System Upgrade Project, prime systems integrator Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Canada and Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin have officially opened the New Zealand ANZAC combat system trainer.

The combat system trainer was delivered ahead of schedule to the Maritime Warfare Training Centre at the Royal New Zealand Navy base in Devonport on February 16, 2017.

Rear Admiral Martin stated, "It is wonderful to receive the trainer early which will allow our sailors to be properly prepared when the upgraded ships arrive. Lockheed Martin Canada's combat system trainer is a world class trainer that will revolutionize the way we train our crews."

"The ANZAC combat system trainer provides a generational shift in training capability with a realistic synthetic environment capable of generating high fidelity simulations of real world conditions," said Rosemary Chapdelaine, vice president and general manager Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary and Mission Systems. "We are proud of our Canadian-developed solution and thrilled to deliver this advanced capability to the Royal New Zealand Navy."

This milestone marks the first international delivery of Lockheed Martin Canada's combat management system, CMS 330, product line, initially developed for Canada's Department of National Defence and then modified for the Royal New Zealand Navy with Canada's support.

CMS 330 and Lockheed Martin Canada's combat system integration capability are proving performance everyday on Canada's modernized HALIFAX class frigates and the record of success continues to generate international attention as an attractive solution for both new ships and mid-life upgrades.

Thanks to the expertise of its engineers, scientists and computer programmers, Lockheed Martin Canada was the only Canadian company to pre-qualify as a combat systems integrator for the upcoming Canadian Surface Combatant program. The company was also selected as the command and surveillance integrator for Canada's new fleet of Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships.

For additional information, visit our website: www.lockheedmartin.com/ca.html

About Lockheed Martin Canada:

Lockheed Martin Canada, headquartered in Ottawa, is the Canadian-based arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company employing 97,000 people worldwide. Lockheed Martin Canada has been Canada's trusted defence partner for over 75 years specializing in the development, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The company employs more than 900 employees at major facilities in Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Calgary, and Victoria, working on a wide range of major programs spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.

Ben-Gurion University researcher identifies solution to protect online videos and images from cyberattacks


BEER-SHEVA, Israel March 13, 2017 A Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researcher has developed a new technique that could provide virtually 100 percent protection against cyberattacks launched through internet videos or images, which are a growing threat.

“Any downloaded or streamed video or picture is a potential vehicle for a cyberattack,” says Professor Ofer Hadar, chair of BGU’s Department of Communication Systems Engineering. “Hackers like videos and pictures because they bypass the regular data transfer systems of highly secure systems, and there is significant space in which to implant malicious code.”

Cyber security has become a high-profile issue, made even more so by recent WikiLeaks allegations against the Central Intelligence Agency, accusing them of bypassing security encryption on a variety of smart devices.

Yet, attacks on internet video and pictures are a broader, lesser-known threat. Internet video will comprise 82 percent of all global consumer internet traffic by 2020, according to the 2016 Cisco Visual Networking Index research report. As a result, downloaded and shared videos and images are a growing target for cyberattackers.

To counter this emerging threat, Prof. Hadar developed a series of algorithms that can completely prevent attackers from being able to infiltrate and extract information through videos or pictures.

His techniques combat steganography, a process that involves hiding a message in an appropriate carrier, such as an image file. Utilizing steganography, the carrier can be sent to a receiver without anyone else knowing that it contains a hidden message.

“We are dealing nowadays with the use of steganography to insert malicious codes within videos and photos to attack the viewer,” explains Prof. Hadar. “We have developed algorithms to find a solution to that problem in the ‘compressed domain.’ The idea is to manipulate the file’s ‘payload’ to remove the malicious code without damaging the data quality.”

Prof. Hadar’s approach, which he has dubbed The Coucou Project, addresses two potential attack scenarios. Both scenarios assume that basic malware has been planted on the victim's servers/hosts by means of social engineering, such as phishing scams or other means of exploiting data vulnerability. From there, the malware gathers classified information from the victim's data center.

In the first scenario, once the user uploads an image or a video to a social network, the malware embeds the classified information into the uploaded content (making it accessible to the attacker). In the second scenario, the attacker uploads infected content to a social network or any other shared server where the malware can extract the malicious code and execute it.

“Preliminary experimental results show that a method based on a combination of Coucou Project techniques results in virtually 100 percent protection against cyberattacks,” says Prof. Hadar. “We envision that firewall and antivirus companies will be able to utilize Coucou protection applications and techniques in their products."

The Coucou Project receives funding from the BGU Cyber Security Research Center and the BaseCamp Innovation Center at the Advanced Technologies Park adjacent to BGU, which is interested in developing the protective platform into a commercial enterprise.

About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion's vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University's expertise locally and around the globe. As Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) looks ahead to turning 50 in 2020, AABGU imagines a future that goes beyond the walls of academia. It is a future where BGU invents a new world and inspires a vision for a stronger Israel and its next generation of leaders. Together with supporters, AABGU will help the University foster excellence in teaching, research and outreach to the communities of the Negev for the next 50 years and beyond. Visit vision.aabgu.org to learn more.

AABGU, which is headquartered in Manhattan, has nine regional offices throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.aabgu.org.

Grey International to provide threat recognition training to the Miami Marlins

MIAMI March 8, 2017 Grey International, a global leader in risk, crisis, and disaster management services, is pleased to announce it has signed a contract with the Miami Marlins, a Major League Baseball professional franchise team, to provide Dynamic Threat Recognition and Decision-making (DTRD) support training. Grey International provides support to its clients to counter evolving asymmetric terrorist threats.

“Intelligence reports have shown that terrorists are increasingly focusing their attention on mass-venue soft targets such as sports stadiums and arenas, not only in the United States, but across the globe,” said Marc Roman, Chief Operating Officer at Grey International. "We would like to see more organizations take security and threat prevention as seriously as the Miami Marlins. The Marlins are focused on being proactive, not reactive."

“We are dedicated to our fans safety and security. This training provides our staff with tools that help us identify potential threats in the world we live in today," said Greg Terp, Director of Security of the Miami Marlins.

Grey International’s DTRD training has been tested and proven in some of the world’s most dangerous environments, as well as in the settings civilians face every day in workplaces, schools, and college campuses. Grey trains security staff on the universal elements of human behavior so that they will recognize and intercept threats. DTRD training on pre-event indicators reduces the risk of terrorist actions, including active shooter and potential multiple-casualty incidents.

Grey’s professionals bring contemporary battlefield-proven experience to the classroom, training security providers and corporate and non-profit clients to detect and prevent threats that would otherwise be missed using traditional techniques.


Grey International is a comprehensive risk, crisis, and disaster management firm. We provide sustainable solutions for natural and man-made disasters, political, integrity and security risks in complex and hostile environments. We are dedicated to maintaining a corporate culture of professionalism, technical proficiency, and effective interaction with clients.

Crystal Glacier to sponsor Homeland Security Foundation active shooter awareness campaign

ATLANTA March 9, 2017 Homeland Security Foundation of America (HSFA) President Eric Brown announced today that Crystal Glacier Water, Inc. will contribute $36,000 to become the principal sponsor of this year's annual public safety campaign, Aware 2017, to help raise awareness about what citizens can do to save lives and property during an active shooter attack. 

"I'm very pleased to work with Larry and the rest of the Crystal Glacier team to help bring about awareness and increase hometown safety," President Brown said.  "The number of active shooter incidents continues to increase, and we've seen active shooters on military bases, in schools and churches, at work, stores and even in entertainment establishments.  It's important we do our job and encourage families to join the national conversation.  We cannot afford to be afraid to be prepared."

Active shooter incidents are increasing.  According to the Gun Violence Archive, there were 136 mass shootings in the first 164 days of 2016 in the U.S. in which 4 or more people were killed.  The majority of the shootings take place in a business, and time is a huge factor in response tactics.  HSFA officials believe awareness is the key to reducing gun violence in America.  The organization is working to forge more public/private partnerships with companies with popular consumer brands like Crystal Glacier, willing to help get life-saving information into the hands of the public. 

"We are delighted to be associated with such an important mission and very much look forward a long and lasting relationship with Eric and his team as they embark on this important work to have an impact on safety in our communities," Crystal Glacier Water CEO Larry Murray said.

As a part of this year's campaign, HSFA plans to host town hall meetings in 30 cities, publish a white paper on active shooters and conduct grassroots outreach campaigns to survey 40,000 households across multiple congressional districts through HSFA's National Public Safety Survey.  HSFA outreach workers will disseminate safety information and solicit input from families on their concerns about the growing threat of active shooters in America.  For more information about Aware 2017, visit http://www.hsfamerica.org/aware2017.   

The Homeland Security Foundation of America is an agency organized and certified as public, tax-exempt under IRC 501(c)(3) with 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) status.  Its mission is to advance hometown security while protecting civil liberties, working with local, state and Federal agencies, organizations and communities to deliver life-saving public safety, energy security and health and human services programs to the public. For more information about HSFA's work in the community, visit http://www.hsfamerica.org.

Report: Security awareness training to become 'multi-billion industry' in 2017


TAMPA BAY, FL Feb. 21, 2017 KnowBe4, provider of the most popular platform for security awareness training and simulated phishing, along with Cybersecurity Ventures, a leading research and marketing intelligence firm focused on the cybersecurity industry, have released a joint market report examining the state of spending in the overall security awareness training market.

According to Steve Morgan, founder and editor-in-chief at Cybersecurity Ventures, security awareness training will become a multi-billion dollar industry in 2017. Additionally, he further projects that by 2021 Fortune 500 and Global 2000 corporations will consider security awareness training as ‘fundamental’ to their cyber-defense strategies, with small businesses following shortly thereafter. “Security awareness training for employees is the most under spent sector of the cybersecurity industry,” says Morgan.

Organizations of every size are starting to recognize that inside threats are as significant as outside threats. Users will be a crucial part of any organization’s information security program, and training those users to recognize the overtures of malicious actors will be critical to hardening the “people layer,” also known as the last line of defense against cyberattacks. As the number of online users increases — one estimate says there will be four billion people online by 2020 — and the need to train them in security awareness grows, Morgan sees the possibility of the overall market reaching $10 billion by 2027.

Stu Sjouwerman, CEO of KnowBe4, describes new-school awareness training as “proven to be very effective in creating a human firewall, a company’s last line of defense.” Sjouwerman goes on to say “New-school security awareness training has by far the best ROI of any security layer. Users see Phish-prone percentages go from an average of 15 to 20 percent down to one to two percent after a year.”

While necessity is the prime driver behind the growth of awareness training, there are other factors contributing to growth, too, such as improvements in the training itself. New-school security awareness training, for example, has seen significant growth over the past five years because it’s effective, useful and users are more apt to actively participate than ever before. It combines interactive training in the browser with frequent simulated phishing attacks straight into the user’s email inbox.

To find out how prone you are to a phishing attack, sign up here for KnowBe4’s test. To view a copy of the full Security Awareness Training Report, please visit: http://cybersecurityventures.com/security-awareness-training-report-2017/.

About KnowBe4

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s most popular integrated new school security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 8,500 organizations worldwide. Founded by data and IT security expert Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness of ransomware, CEO Fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new school approach to security awareness training. Kevin Mitnick, internationally recognized computer security expert and KnowBe4’s Chief Hacking Officer, helped design KnowBe4’s trainings based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Thousands of organizations trust KnowBe4 to mobilize their end-users as a first line of corporate IT defense.

Number 139 on the 2016 Inc 500 list, #50 on 2016 Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, KnowBe4 is based in Tampa Bay, Florida. For more information, visit http://www.knowbe4.com and follow Stu on Twitter at @StuAllard.

About Cybersecurity Ventures

Cybersecurity Ventures is a research and market intelligence firm focused on the Cybersecurity industry. The firm's Cybersecurity Market Report forecasts worldwide cybersecurity spending will eclipse $1 trillion for the 5 year period from 2017 to 2021. Cybersecurity Ventures is regularly featured, quoted, and cited as a trusted source by major newspapers and the leading business, financial, technology, and cybersecurity news media.



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