Having rigorously tailored security infrastructures is important for companies in the modern world; moreover, having a workforce that’s adequately aware of the information security paradigms, standardized practices, and possible threats is also equally important. A recommended practice is to periodically hold training sessions where employees are taught the fundamentals of information security, among other things.
There are companies that excel in offering valuable and insightful security awareness training sessions; in this article we will talk about some of the best vendors that you can hire for your organization.
InfoSec Institute is the one place that you can trust when it comes to high-quality security awareness training vendors. They have been in operation since 1998 and have a plethora of courses for you to choose from. According to their own statistics, they have trained over 50,000 people in the past 16 years, and the numbers have only been getting better. A complete list of testimonials is available here.
The SANS Institute
The SANS institute can be considered the most credible source of information security certification and training in the world. It’s also responsible for the development and maintenance of the largest reservoir of research papers about the various paradigms of information security, which it makes available to the public. It also owns (and operates) the Internet storm center, which is known as the early warning system of the internet. SANS has a variety of online, live training, and customized programs for organizations to choose from, which makes it the go-to choice when it comes to choosing a security awareness training vendor.
Digital Defense Incorporated
DDI or Digital Defense, Inc., excels in giving sound evaluations about security risks and threats. They have an unparalleled level of experience in the field of security training and have their own proprietary solutions available for their customers, as well. SecurED is their trademark training program, which has been deemed “effective” by the Ponemon Institute research; it aims for the creation of an ambience of security within the organization.
Lawrence (Larry) G. Foran, a senior security officer at Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP had the following to say about DDI’s services:
“We have been using comprehensive PCI vulnerability scanning services provided by DDI for many years. Their layered approach not only gives us PCI vulnerability scanning to satisfy PCI Compliance Requirements, but lays out a robust and comprehensive vulnerability scanning program, which we can perform on our own or have DDI personnel manage for us. It is a huge time-saver and we have been extremely pleased with the deliverables year after year. It is a requirement for firms such as ours to have a PCI-approved scanning vendor execute our vulnerability scans and the fact that DDI has maintained that rating for five years is exceptional.”
If you are after some quality hands-on cybersecurity education and training, Security University is a very viable choice. They also offer information assurance certifications and training for IT professionals and experts. SU strives to equip students with the best quality cybersecurity education through their state-of-the-art certifications. SU has always been highly rated by its clients; here is a list of some of their testimonials.
SecureNinja is a market leader in the security training industry and has partnered with EC Council, Microsoft, ISACA, ISSA, OWASP, VMware, and CompTIA in the past. They are able to stay up-to-date with the best contemporary technologies courtesy of these partnerships and that allows them to produce state-of-the-art consultation and training solutions. It doesn’t matter if you require certifications, customized training solutions or technical services, SecureNinja has got it all and at excellent rates too!
George Mandis, PMP, had the following to say about one of SecureNinja’s training courses:
“I recently completed SecureNinja PMP training. The overall experience was excellent. The training was well organized and thorough, and upon its completion, I walked away quite confident that I would successfully pass the forthcoming PMP exam. The SecureNinja PMP instructor, Mr. Remy Naravulu, exhibited a positive and enthusiastic personality. He had a great rapport with all the SecureNinja students in my class. Well-dressed and articulate, Remy was always ready with a smile and kind word. He incorporated his real-life experiences as a Project Manager into the training, significantly enhancing the learning experience. In closing, I highly recommend SecureNinja and Mr. Remy Naravulu to any individuals requiring PMP training”
MIS Training Institute
MIS Training Institute is one of the oldest information security institutions in the world. Since its inception in 1978, it has been the international leader in information security training and audit, with offices in the UK, Asia, and the USA. They always have upcoming events lined up and you can even order in-house training packages from them at reasonable prices.
Wombat Security was started by a group of enthusiastic and passionate information security professionals who had decades of experience under their belt. They offer a sustainable, feature-laden and scalable attack assessment and training service like no other. Andrew Walls, VP of security, risk and privacy at Gartner, had the following words to say for Wombat Security:
“The key is not just ‘awareness’; it is behavior change; as such, interactive security awareness training platforms help compliance managers effectively administer mandated employee education, prove the completion of training in the event of an audit, and actually change the way that employees behave. The result is lower risk for the organization. Companies that employ new interactive cybersecurity assessment and context-aware security training software are reporting reductions in susceptibility to employee-targeted attacks, which translates to fewer breaches and lower remediation costs.”
KnowBe4 is one of the most popular simulated phishing and security awareness training platform in the world. Kevin Mitnick, who has over 30 years of hands-on hacking experience, is the brains of the tool that can help in making the management of information security problems like spear-phishing, ransom-ware attacks and social engineering a lot simpler. From their website, M.E., SVP/IT, DR & Security had the following words to say for the company:
“You and your team have made my life much better in dealing with employee awareness. It is much appreciated and has given us boost up with our regulatory requirements and preventative measures. I love KnowBe4 and if you ever need a reference, feel free to have people contact me.”
The objective of the article was to compile a list of the most famous (and the most trusted) security awareness training vendors out there. An organization should routinely arrange training sessions for employees in order to spread technical awareness to avoid potential catastrophes that security attacks can cause.