Free educational community honored for its commitment to arming security practitioners with real-world cybersecurity skills and accelerating the practice of threat-informed defense; Announces new Academy instructors and classes for both security practitioners and leaders

Oct. 26, 2021 AttackIQ®, the leading independent vendor of Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) systems, today announced it has been named the winner in the CISO Choice Awards’ “Security Education & Training” category for its AttackIQ Academy.

AttackIQ Academy was launched in April 2020 to offer entry-level and advanced cybersecurity training with a modularized curriculum and hands-on cyberrange labs for realistic exercises. Practice scenarios give students the skills to recognize threats, understand attackers’ methods and quickly close potential gaps. Courses and learning paths are offered at no charge for the greater good of the cybersecurity community and participants are eligible for (ISC)2 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits following completion of the curriculum. Today, AttackIQ Academy has grown to 23,000 students in 180 countries.

“The pressure on CISOs has never been greater, with adversaries ramping up attacks while security resources are constrained due to budget pressures in response to COVID-19,” said Brett Galloway, CEO of AttackIQ. “We launched AttackIQ Academy as a free cybersecurity education resource with the goal of helping practitioners take control of risk by moving to a threat-informed defense. We are honored to see our commitment to giving back to the cybersecurity community recognized with this award.”

“It was an extremely competitive playing field with a record number of submissions,” said Amy Rhodes, CEO of CISOs Connect. “It was exciting to hear the judges, who live and breathe security, share their experiences and discuss with one another the wealth of technologies that are on the market or coming to the market. Nothing can replace the real-word insights that the CISO judges bring to the table when deciding on the top vendors.”

AttackIQ Academy, which is part of the Informed Defender Community, includes foundational, intermediate, and advanced courses in operationalizing MITRE ATT&CK®, Uniting Threat and Risk Management with NIST 800-53 and ATT&CK, Purple Teaming, Breach and Attack Simulation, and more.

AttackIQ Grows Roster of Expert Instructors

With growing demand for cybersecurity education globally, AttackIQ has added to its roster of experienced instructors. The company recently added three new experts, doubling its team of instructors:

  • Beverly Benson, AttackIQ Cybersecurity Education Manager, based in the Northeast of the United States. With a passion for increasing the representation of women and minorities in cybersecurity, Beverly sits as National Chair on the Professional Development Committee for Cyversity. She holds two Master’s Degrees in Cyber Security Management and Computer Information Technology and has more than 15 years of technology experience.
  • Andrew Costis, AttackIQ Senior Cyber Threat Consultant, based in the United Kingdom. He holds more than 20 years of industry experience with recent roles in threat research and reverse engineering malware, tracking ransomware campaigns, incident response, and malware hunting. Andrew is a regular industry speaker at events such as Black Hat, B-Sides, CyberRisk Alliance, SecurityWeekly, ITPro, and BrightTalk.
  • Matias Altman, AttackIQ Senior Security Engineer, based in the Southeast of the United States. He has extensive experience in automating and amplifying intelligence gathered from the MITRE ATT&CK Framework. He is also an expert in cloud security, cloud architecture (AWS and Azure).

New CISO and Practitioner Classes

Last week, AttackIQ Academy introduced its first class in a series of security leader level content: Strategic Cybersecurity Management. Taught by guest technology and security experts Dr. Art Langer and Robert Duncan, this class shares insights on how to build, deliver and implement a cybersecurity strategy based on threat intelligence; obtain executive and board-level consensus around cybersecurity strategies; think like an adversary and develop a playbook for cybersecurity readiness and resilience; and evolve the security leadership role from one perceived as technical to a business-facing, strategic role.

For practitioners, AttackIQ Academy recently released new courses on gap analysis using breach & attack simulation, how to use ATT&CK workbench, and how to map the AWS security stack to the ATT&CK framework. In the coming weeks, students will learn more on the latest MITRE ATT&CK advancements, plus learn how to implement AttackIQ blueprints into their security practice.

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About AttackIQ

AttackIQ, the leading independent vendor of breach and attack simulation solutions, built the industry’s first Security Optimization Platform for continuous security control validation and improving security program effectiveness and efficiency. AttackIQ is trusted by leading organizations worldwide to plan security improvements and verify that cyberdefenses work as expected, aligned with the MITRE ATT&CK framework. The Company is committed to giving back to the cybersecurity community through its free award-winning AttackIQ Academy, open Preactive Security Exchange, and partnership with MITRE Engenuity’s Center for Threat-Informed Defense. For more information, visit Follow AttackIQ on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

About Security Current and CISOs Connect

Security Current improves the way security, privacy and risk executives collaborate to protect their organizations and their information. Its CISO-driven proprietary content and events provide insight, actionable advice and analysis giving executives the latest information to make knowledgeable decisions.  Its invitation-only CISOs Connect community allows for CISOs to communicate with each other and share knowledge and expertise with their peers with its proprietary research, group discussion, online and in person exclusive events.

Victoria Berryhill
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