5/3/2017 12:00 AM
COLLEGE STATION - The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has signed an agreement with Cyber World Institute (CWI) of Nevada to offer preparation courses for nationally recognized certifications in the fields of Information Technology and Cybersecurity. With thousands of open information technology (IT) jobs across the region, the agreement will significantly expand TEEX’s cyber workforce training available for public and private organizations to meet employer demands.
This agreement with Cyber World Institute expands our capabilities and allows us to offer national IT certification that we couldn’t provide previously,” said Program Director Scott Terry with the TEEX Knowledge Engineering division. “Using their credentialed instructors and curriculum, we plan to establish a Cyber Readiness Center at TEEX. This is a strategic initiative that is part our cybersecurity enterprise effort to train a credentialed cyber workforce to protect an organization’s critical infrastructure.”
Under the agreement, TEEX and Cyber World Institute will collaborate to offer a universally unique training model that goes beyond theory to application by augmenting existing certification curriculum with hands-on “experiential learning” based labs. TEEX will create job-ready students by including applied learning to existing globally recognized vendor certifications, such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Information Security Officer (CISO), CompTIA A , Network , Security , Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA ), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), and more. Additionally, all training aligns with the National Cybersecurity Framework and the programs are approved for veterans’ education benefits.
TEEX also conducts cyber vulnerability assessments and helps both public and private sector organizations write or revise their cybersecurity plan or annex. “TEEX also can conduct cybersecurity exercises, and we recently did a tabletop exercise for a healthcare group in Indiana,” Terry added.
“The final component is cyber workforce development,” he said. “We started with a four-hour Cybersecurity for Manufacturing Executives and are looking to build from there.
“Our goal is to expand offerings, not only in manufacturing and healthcare, but into other sectors such as banking and insurance. In such a rapidly evolving issue, it would take too long for us to ramp up on our own. Our agreement with Cyber World Institute will allow us to provide extensive training capabilities and curriculum right away. We quickly moved from one course offering to dozens.”
Robin “Montana” Williams, CWI’s Chief Operating Officer, added: “CWI is excited about the opportunity to team with TEEX to bring a robust hands-on cybersecurity education, training, and certification program that addresses the skills demands of TEEX clients around the world.”
About Cyber World Institute
A division of The Learning Center, Inc., Cyber World Institute (CWI) provides training and certification in all areas of the Cybersecurity and IT landscape, and is partnered with world leaders such as (ISC)2, ISACA, EC-Council, Microsoft, Cisco & CompTIA. CWI is a veteran-friendly business able to meet specific federal procurement requirements and GSA guidelines. CWI is proud to be in the top 5% in the Metrics that Matter system. This evaluation system compares all classes, all partners worldwide, all instructors and provides detailed customer feedback.
About the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
TEEX is an internationally recognized leader in the delivery of emergency response, homeland security, cybersecurity, workforce training and exercises, technical assistance, product testing and economic development. Last year, TEEX served more than 168,000 people from across the United States and 82 countries worldwide. TEEX makes a difference by providing training, developing practical solutions, and saving lives. For more information about TEEX, visit www.teex.org.