I don’t normally provide a “Shout Out” to a non software vendor. However, about 4 weeks ago I became aware of an interesting technology training organization called InfoSec Institute. I guess in the hierarchy of technology Operational Expenditures (OpEx), training probably doesn’t rank real high and therefore enterprise decision makers and “bean counters” don’t spend lots of time going through the same rigorous vendor evaluations as they do with other technology vendors and the associated OpEx and CapEx. I think that’s a mistake. Training can make a huge difference in the Return on Investment (ROI) of the enterprise’s Information Technology investment. We all know this to be true. However, I am not sure that we put that knowledge into practice and therefore our IT ROI in turn suffers or doesn’t reach its full potential.
Having said that and more importantly realizing our systemic neglect of understanding the IT Training vendor landscape , I spent a bit of time over the past month looking into the IT Training market in general and more specifically into security technology training technology more specifically. With the dangers that the enterprise faces from both internal and external foes in today’s digital environment, IT Security technology is more important than ever.
Worldwide spending on information security will reach $75.4 billion in 2015, an increase of 4.7 percent over 2014, according to the latest forecast from Gartner, Inc. The increase in spending is being driven by government initiatives, increased legislation and high-profile data breaches. Security testing, IT outsourcing, and identity and access management present the biggest growth opportunities for technology providers.
According to Gartner, spending in areas such as endpoint protection platforms and consumer security software is starting to see commoditization, leading to a downgrade in the forecast for these segments in 2015. While the visibility and growing awareness of the impact of security threats keeps attention on security, the bulk of the security software market is composed of mature technology areas where the penetration rate is already high.
“Interest in security technologies is increasingly driven by elements of digital business, particularly cloud, mobile computing and now also the Internet of Things, as well as by the sophisticated and high-impact nature of advanced targeted attacks,” said Elizabeth Kim, research analyst at Gartner.
Ms. Kim said that this focus is driving investment in emerging offerings, such as endpoint detection and remediation tools, threat intelligence and cloud security tools, such as encryption. However, strength in these emerging segments cannot compensate for the downgrade of the larger mature segments being commoditized.
Given what Gartner and other analysts have predicted, IT Security technology training is more important than ever. As indicated, InfoSec Institute caught my eye in the security centric space.
InfoSec Institute was founded in 1998 by an expert team of information security instructors. Their goal was to build a business by offering the best possible training experience for students. They felt that by providing the best possible hands on training, the most practical for today’s demanding workplace requirements, that the business would grow by leaps and bounds. This original assumption proved true.
InfoSec Institute has trained over 15,000 individuals on everything from industry standard certifications as the CISSP to highly technical customized Windows Kernel Reverse Engineering courses.
Unlike other training companies that have been founded by non-technical business persons, InfoSec Institute deeply understands the needs of today’s IT professionals and is best positioned to offer world class training. Their wide range of security specific classes helps a diverse group of customers get the training they need and deserve.
IfoSec Institute provides boot camps cover the following topics;
- Hacking & Pen Testing
- Reverse Engineering
- Security Certification
- IT Audit
- Secure Coding
- Information Assurance
- Project Management
- Security Awareness
- Application Training
- Database Training
- Developer Training
InfoSec Institute’s most popular classes include:
- CISSP Boot Camp
- Ethical Hacking Boot Camp
- Computer Forensics
- Advanced Reverse Engineering Malware
- Security+ Boot Camp
- Advanced Ethical Hacking
- Web Application Penetration Testing
- Data Recovery
- CISA Boot Camp
- CISM Boot Camp
- CCNA Quad Cert Training
- PMP Boot Camp
- Incident Response Training
Over the past 5 years, InfoSec Institute has been recognized as one of the leading providing of IT security training in the enterprise market:
- 2014 TrainingIndustry.com – Top 20 IT Training Company – WINNER *4 Years Running
- 2014 Redmond Magazine– Readers Choice Awards- Silver
- 2013 SC Awards- Best Professional Training Program – Finalist
- 2013 TrainingIndustry.com – Top 20 IT Training Company – WINNER
- 2013 Virtualization Review Reader’s Choice Awards – Editor’s Choice WINNER
- 2012 TrainingIndustry.com – Top 20 IT Training Company – WINNER
- 2012 Info Security Products Guide – Global Excellence -WINNER
- 2011 TrainingIndustry.com Top 20 IT Training Company
- 2011 SC Magazine Best Professional Training Program
- 2011 Global Excellence in Security Training – WINNER
- 2010 Best Professional Training Program – Finalist
I would encourage any of my readers to go to the InfoSec Institute website to learn more and then consider putting them on your short list of IT Vendors to consider in 2016.
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