RangeForce is today introducing a hands-on, workforce-ready certificate program, the first blue team skills certificate for the cybersecurity market.
The new certificate is designed to provide evidence that cybersecurity professionals have mastered critical detection and response capabilities and validate for employers that individuals have the practical knowledge and skills needed to do the work required versus theory-based certifications.
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While traditional certifications lack proof of practical, hands-on experience and skills, the new RangeForce certificate recognizes learners as experts for having completed hands-on training modules and challenges mapped to learning paths for their roles, such as Security Analyst Level One and OWASP® Top 10 Vulnerability Defense Expert. RangeForce plans to release additional role-based certificates in the coming months, including security analyst level two, threat hunter, penetration tester, and more. Additionally, the program will include micro-certificates for skills developed in specific tools or technologies, such as Microsoft, Kubernetes, Docker, Yara, or code injection defense.
The RangeForce certificate program utilizes digital credentials held by Credly.com to verify and share knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Larry Whiteside Jr. is CTO & CSO of CyberClan, a global MSSP, Co-Founder & President of International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP), and a longtime CISO across multiple industries.
According to Whiteside, “Traditional certifications and vendor certificates can be great. But RangeForce’s approach to certificates is different. It seeks to prove skills and abilities through problem-solving. This is accomplished with real-world simulations, habit-building exercises, and adaptive feedback loops. In this way, security pros gain role-based learning that helps them create detailed career paths in critical areas of expertise like cloud security, then participate in blue team exercises with skills scoring and plans for continuous learning.
“These are the hallmarks of hands-on training today’s cyber professionals need,” Whiteside continued. “Hands-on certification will be a must-have for any employer that wants to recognize and build talent pipelines to manage cyber risk to their business environments.”
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