Mandiant, a Milpitas, California-based cybersecurity company, has launched its new training program, known as the “Mandiant Academy.” The program provides education courses, incident response and threat intelligence analysis certifications, and operational skills training to meet the shifting needs of security teams. The initiative is designed to help close the cybersecurity skills gap by developing on-the-job capabilities and improving their ability to prevent, detect and respond to today’s threats.
Areas of focus include threat intelligence frameworks, attacker tradecraft, and RFI analysis.
“Creating a strong cyber security team goes beyond implementing the latest tools and solutions,” said Mandiant Consulting Vice President Nick Bennett. “It is about finding and developing the right people to cultivate a high-performance team equipped to navigate the rapidly changing cyber landscape.”
Training deliverables include a proctored certifications program designed to test security teams’ incident response capabilities and threat intelligence knowledge against real-world cyber threats. Instructor led courses can be provided to a single organization or delivered remotely to individual security professionals. On-demand sessions are also available, as well as a three-day, hands-on cyber simulation exercise that emulates real-world threats.
Courses are taught by active security practitioners with first-hand knowledge of attacker tactics, techniques, and procedures, as well as related tools and malware.
Mandiant is also introducing a new book, “The Defender’s Advantage”, for cyber security professionals and organization leaders. “The book provides expert insights on cyber defenses and employing accelerators to gain an advantage in the evolving cyber security landscape. The book also includes advice on building security teams with the right people, right processes, and right capabilities to hunt for threats and manage incidents.
In addition, the company is collaborating with VetSec, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps veterans enter careers in cyber security, to offer 33 VetSec, Inc. members complimentary access to Mandiant Academy’s On-Demand Cyber Threat Intelligence Training courses.
Organizations need to implement strategies that involve training their security teams to develop and grow their problem-solving and critical thinking skills to defeat threats at hand. Initiatives like this one can help move the ball forward.