First-of-its-kind ‘job challenge’ program develops pool of Certified Application Security Analysts (ASA)
WILMINGTON, Mass., July 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Safety Innovation, an authority on software security assessments and training, today announced the launch of the AppSec JOB Challenge, a cybersecurity training and certification program to be conducted for the first time in Ghana. Leveraging a combination of lectures, labs, and cyber-range exercises, the program provides participants with ready-to-use skills for entry-level positions in AppSec and InfoSec.
Delivered free of charge to participants, the AppSec JOB Challenge the program includes:
6-month intensive training with lectures, learning labs and hands-on hacking
Instructor-led live hacking event in Accra, Ghana leveraging Security Innovation’s cyber CMD + CTRL suite
Delivery of the Application Security Analyst (ASA) certification
“One strategy to address the cybersecurity talent gap is to tap into previously untapped talent pools, particularly in underrepresented demographics such as women and people of color,” said Ed Adams, CEO of Security Innovation. “This strategy simultaneously addresses the global skills shortage and helps diversify cybersecurity teams, which has good business and social value.”
The AppSec JOB Challenge program is partly named after Joshua Offe Berkoh (JOB), who approached Security Innovation to offer the program after participating in a similar program, the Red Teaming Fellowship Program the company ran with Cyversity and Google. in 2021. This program provided intense cybersecurity training to 150 participants from 13 countries. Forty-five percent of participants were women, an underrepresented group in the industry. Berkoh, the only participant from West Africa, approached Security Innovation because he wanted to help others as he had been helped, especially his local community of colleagues interested in cybersecurity.
“There are no programs like this in Ghana,” Berkoh said. “I needed a partner willing to help my peer community. Security Innovation stepped up and delivered for us.
“These sessions helped me better understand how to develop more secure applications as well as test for software vulnerabilities,” said Joshua Sechie-Otsabah of Cyber Range Hacking Challenge. winner. “Thank you to the whole Security Innovation team for giving this opportunity to Ghanaians.”
Cybersecurity training programs such as AppSec JOB Challenge and the Cyversity The Red Teaming program removes barriers to gaining employment in cybersecurity by providing access to a network of professionals, resume writing and mock interview workshops, industry certification and the possibility of enrolling in a formal mentorship program. Since many hiring organizations have dropped the four-year degree requirement for cybersecurity jobs, these programs provide comprehensive professional development for new cyber talent.
“The single pebble thrown by the Cyversity Red Teaming program created a ripple effect that impacted more people wanting to enter the cybersecurity industry,” Adams said. “It reinforces the effect of the ‘think globally, act locally’ mentality. I never imagined we would have such an impact when we first came up with the scholarship program.
For more information on the AppSec JOB Challenge program and participant success, visit our blog at: https://blog.securityinnovation.com/from-google-to-ghana-and-beyond
About Security Innovation
Security Innovation is a software security pioneer and literally wrote the book on How to crack software security. Since 2002, organizations have relied on the company’s assessment and training solutions to secure software wherever it runs. Recognized 6x in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for IT Security Education, CMD+CTRL training combines role-based lessons with hands-on cyber ranges to build skills that last. With over 3.5 million users, CMD+CTRL helps all software security players address the risk of today’s technology stacks: flawed design, defenseless code, large attack surface and deployments misconfigured. For more information, visit securityinnovation.com or log on to LinkedIn Where Twitter.