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FCW : August 30, 2015
August 30, 2015 FCW.COM 19 A cybersecurity course for veterans run by NS2 Serves has honed in on analyt- ics as it heads into its fourth session. Potential employers have shown a tremendous amount of demand for analytical skills, said Mark Testoni, president of SAP National Security Services, a subsidiary of the software giant that created the independent, nonprofit organization to train veter- ans in high-tech careers. The course gives veterans the “basic skills to approach...the new generation of jobs,” he added. The first NS2 Serves courses, con- ducted last year, focused on enterprise resource planning, but after conversa- tions with prospective employers, NS2 Serves has shifted the curriculum to focus on analytics, said Laura Car- mack, the organization’s vice president of recruitment and assessment. The latest three-month course trains students in how to use search tools to find and analyze information in data warehouses. At a time when companies and agencies are awash in data and looking to make sense of it, a trained database curator can come in handy. IT experience is not a prerequi- site for the NS2 Serves program. And although many other programs focus on preparing veterans for the work- force, Testoni said few target the “hard- to-employ” veterans that NS2 Serves does. Of the 56 veterans who have suc- cessfully completed the organization’s training, the majority do not have col- lege degrees and a few have been homeless, he said. The program builds on “those good skill sets that they get in the military and [adds] an important technical skill on top that would allow more employ- ability,” he said. All 56 graduates have gotten jobs, mostly with companies that use SAP National Security Services products. Testoni said those companies include Accenture, Computer Sciences Corp., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and SAP. For veterans who are tech savvy but not necessarily computer whiz- zes, training programs like NS2 Serves can be crucial to getting their resumes a second look. Carmack said IT pro- fessionals use certifications as calling Cyber training for vets focuses on analytics Requirements: No specific training is required Certifying organization: Global Infor- mation Assurance Certification (giac.org) GIAC Security Essentials Audience: Security professionals who want to demonstrate they are qualified for hands-on roles with respect to IT security tasks Focus: An understanding of informa- tion security beyond simple terminol- ogy and concepts Requirements: No specific training is required Certifying organization: Global Infor- mation Assurance Certification (giac. org) Information Systems Security Engineering Professional Audience: Senior systems engineers, information assurance officers and senior security analysts Focus: Ability to incorporate security into information and business process- es, systems and projects. The certifica- tion was developed in cooperation with the National Security Agency. Requirements: At least two years of engineering experience Certifying organization: (ISC)2 (isc2.org) IT MANAGEMENT AND COMPLIANCE Certified Information Systems Auditor Audience: Information systems specialists Focus: Managing vulnerabilities and offering processes and controls that ensure compliance with standards while delivering value to the enterprise. The certification is often a prerequisite Veterans BY SEAN LYNGAAS 0830fcw_014-026.indd 19 8/12/15 9:26 AM
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