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RangeForce Doubles Down on Partnership with BlackGirlsHack to Address Lack of Diversity in Cybersecurity and Skills Shortage

The Cybersecurity and Technology Training nonprofit BlackGirlsHack (BGH) is is excited to announce its continued partnership with RangeForce. RangeForce, in response to the continued lack of representation for diverse groups in Cyber have provided access to all the BlackGirlsHack “Squad” members to allow them to acquire real world skills and realize careers in cybersecurity. The RangeForce web-delivered platform enables users, even on limited functionality devices, to work with leading security tools from Splunk, Carbon Black and others to learn how to defend against and respond to simulated cybersecurity threats. RangeForce. This integrated training platform and cyber range allows BlackGirlsHack to expand its cybersecurity offerings by using the RangeForce platform to help build out their Blue Team Training program. RangeForce has donated licenses for their full range of cybersecurity training to continue to help train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. Said Tennisha Martin, founder of BlackGirlsHack, “Our partnership with RangeForce has been an integral part of our mission to empower our learners to acquire practical skills in cybersecurity. RangeForce was not only our first partnership, but they’ve been part of a growing legacy of training the next generation of cyber professionals in the BlackGirlsHack Foundation. We’re excited that they’ve continued to lead the charge of promoting diversity in our cyber workforce and we can’t wait to roll out our Blue Team Training program to help not only the next generation of hackers, but the next generation of cyber defenders as well.”

About BlackGirlsHack:
BlackGirlsHack Foundation (BGH Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) organization created to bring awareness and provide knowledge and resources to help increase the diversity and representation in Cyber Security. BlackGirlsHack Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose focus is to increase representation in Cyber Security for Black Women and Girls. BlackGirlsHack was created to share knowledge and resources to help black girls and women breakthrough barriers to careers in information security and cyber security. The vision for Black Girls Hack (BGH) is to provide resources, training, mentoring, and access to black girls and women and increase representation and diversity in the cyber security field and executive suites.

About RangeForce

RangeForce creates accessible cybersecurity training experiences for you and your team. Powered by the industry’s first integrated training platform and virtual cyber range, we help customers operationalize a SaaS-based cybersecurity training program in hours, saving up to 65% over traditional training and up to $1M annually on hosted cyber ranges. RangeForce is revolutionizing cybersecurity training with its adaptive learning technology to better train and cross-train DevOps, IT, and security professionals. Train with us to build cyber resilience, and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.


BlackGirlsHack Partners with Black Hat USA 2022 for Black Hat Briefing Scholarship

The Cybersecurity and Technology Training nonprofit BlackGirlsHack (BGH) is is excited to announce its partnership with Black Hat USA 2022. Black Hat USA 2022 is one of the premier international security conferences held in Las Vegas each year during Hacker Summer Camp. Black Hat USA 2022 has donated 25 Briefing Passes to BlackGirlsHack Foundation for scholarship awards to the BGH membership. Founded in 1997, Black Hat USA 2022 is an internationally recognized cybersecurity event that provides industry leading technical and relevant information security research. Part of the Hacker Summer Camp, Black Hat USA 2022 provides an opportunity for the squad to be able to network, learn and gain valuable exposure and information.

The Black Hat Briefings were created 25 years ago to provide computer security professionals a place to learn the very latest in information security risks, research, and trends. Presented by the brightest in the industry, the Briefings cover everything from critical information infrastructure to widely used enterprise computer systems to the latest InfoSec research and development and everything in between. The Briefings are vendor-neutral, allowing the presenters to speak candidly about real problems and potential solutions across both the public and private sectors.

The Black Hat USA 2022 Briefing Scholarship will be offered to the winners of the Bring a Hacker to Summer Camp Raffle and Leadership team who we’re raising funds to bring to the conference in Las Vegas August 10-15. Said BlackGirlsHack Executive Director Tennisha Martin, “Our goal was to bring 20 members of the BGH Squad to Hacker Summer Camp but Hacker Summer Camp was going to be DefCon due to Black Hat being out of financial reach. This donation is major because it provides an amazing opportunity to allow our members access to the two biggest conferences in the world where the networking and learning possibilities are unmatched. I’m excited that Black Hat USA 2022 answered the call to help increase diversity in cybersecurity. ”

BlackGirlsHack is still raising funds to get the remaining 6 members to Hacker Summer Camp in Las Vegas this summer. You can answer the call to donate at blackgirlshack.org/donate.

About BlackGirlsHack:
BlackGirlsHack Foundation (BGH Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) organization created to bring awareness and provide knowledge and resources to help increase the diversity and representation in Cyber Security. BlackGirlsHack Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose focus is to increase representation in Cyber Security for Black Women and Girls. BlackGirlsHack was created to share knowledge and resources to help black girls and women breakthrough barriers to careers in information security and cyber security. The vision for Black Girls Hack (BGH) is to provide resources, training, mentoring, and access to black girls and women and increase representation and diversity in the cyber security field and executive suites.

Find out about black hat 22 here and donate to the Bring a Hacker to Summer Camp fundraiser here.


BlackGirlsHack Partners with SecureNow for Mobile Penetration Testing Training/Certification

The Cybersecurity and Technology Training nonprofit BlackGirlsHack (BGH) is is excited to announce its strategic partnership with NowSecure, a leader in the mobile application security and penetration testing space trusted by some of the world’s most demanding organizations and security teams. NowSecure offers training and certification in Secure Mobile Development and Mobile Application Security Foundations through their NowSecure Academy which they have graciously made available to the entire BlackGirlsHack organization.

BlackGirlsHack’s Executive Director Tennisha Martin had this to say. “What’s impressive to me about the partnership with NowSecure is that NowSecure has gone above and beyond in making sure that not only a few but all of our squad can train and certify in Mobile Penetration Testing and Application Security. Mobile penetration testing is one of the smallest subsections within penetration testing and as such, a career subsector that is in great demand. This not only introduces them to the field but allows them to train and certify and become immediately marketable in this space.”

BlackGirlsHack, whose squad has members of all races, genders, and ethnicities, started receiving their NowSecure welcome emails this week and are excited to get started. NowSecure’s CEO Alan Snyder had this to say. “NowSecure is excited to support BlackGirlsHack! We believe that mobile app security is extremely important for everyone to know and is also a great entry point into cybersecurity. NowSecure Academy makes it easy to improve or learn new skills.”

NowSecure Academy is available online here

About BlackGirlsHack:

BlackGirlsHack Foundation (BGH Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) organization created to bring awareness and provide knowledge and resources to help increase the diversity and representation in Cyber Security. BlackGirlsHack Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose focus is to increase representation in Cyber Security for Black Women and Girls. BlackGirlsHack was created to share knowledge and resources to help black girls and women breakthrough barriers to careers in information security and cyber security. The vision for Black Girls Hack (BGH) is to provide resources, training, mentoring, and access to black girls and women and increase representation and diversity in the cyber security field and executive suites.


BlackGirlsHack Partners with INE for Premium Ethical Hacking Training and Certification Discounts

The Cybersecurity and Technology Training nonprofit BlackGirlsHack (BGH) is excited to announce its strategic partnership INE to bring their premium ethical hacking/ penetration testing curriculum and discounted exam vouchers to its members. INE’s mission is to give IT and digital learning students access to the world’s best resources, allowing them to achieve their training goals. As a result, they have carefully cultivated the industry’s most in-depth course materials focused on Networking, Cloud, Data Science, and Cyber Security training.

Women have historically been underrepresented in the tech industry and currently make up 28.8% of the tech workforce, according to a recent study by the AnitaB Institute. While the percentage of women in tech has risen steadily from 25.9% in 2018 and 26.2% in 2019, there is still much work to do. 

“At BlackGirlsHack, we are passionate about reducing the financial barriers to entry for cyber security and we are thrilled that INE is donating free and discounted premium memberships moving forward,” said Tennisha Martin, the organization’s founder and Executive Director. “INE stands out amongst other ethical hacking certification bodies as it provides hands-on labs and free training for its entry-level junior penetration testing (eJPT) certification. We can’t wait to start flooding the job market with certified penetration testers, and we are excited to see the impact to the greater IT community as the eJPT and Certified Professional Penetration Tester certifications become a leader in the hands-on certified penetration tester space.”

“INE is deeply committed to amplifying the voices of women of color in IT and increasing opportunities for women and minorities,” said INE’s CEO Richard McLain. “We are proud to partner with BlackGirlsHack to help make the world’s leading cyber security training more accessible.”

You can learn more about the partnership and how to get involved here


BlackGirlsHack Partners with HyperQube.io for BGH Cloud Labs – April 12, 2022

The Cybersecurity and Technology Training nonprofit BlackGirlsHack (BGH) is excited to announce its strategic partnership with HyperQube.io to roll out our BGH Cloud Labs training program. BGH Cloud Labs was envisioned as a way to provide Ethical Hacking (Red Team) and Security Operations (Blue Team) training in the Cloud for people who did not have the physical resources or computing required necessary to do them on their home computers. One of the biggest financial barriers to entry that BGH Executive Director Tennisha Martin saw when she started work in this space is that about 25% of the people who joined her home lab workshops were not able to set up home labs due to memory or space constraints on their personal computers. Many of those students, not able to purchase or upgrade those machines, were left out of these activities and not able to practice their ethical hacking or defense skills. From this, the idea of BGH Cloud Labs was born to provide a cloud-based laboratory environment that would allow anyone with an internet connection to be able to hone and grow their ethical hacking skills. The organization just needed an affordable way to host those cloud networks that would allow members to practice their skills in a safe environment regardless of their financial situation.

After reviewing several cyber ranges BGH Founder Tennisha Martin and their Chief Technology Officer Alshlon Banks were blown away by the ease of use and the speed at which networks could be created and networked for ethical hacking. Says Tennisha “Taking our home lab use case of a Kali VM, a Windows VM, Broken Web App VM, and a Security Onion VM was as simple as dragging and dropping them onto the screen and connecting them as simple as drawing lines between them. This is a game-changer for us and allows us to bring our BGH Cloud Lab Ethical Hacking environment to life for people who can’t afford physical upgrades to their systems.”

The CEO of HyperQube, Craig Stevenson, says “This partnership will allow HyperQube to begin its journey towards becoming the world’s largest community of Cybersecurity creators. It removes the cost barrier for Cybersecurity professionals to demonstrate their capability.”

The BGH Cloud Labs will kick off a demo of the new Red Team training platform at their Friday Night Labs workshop on April 29th. The Blue team training components will be rolled out at Friday Night Labs on May 20th.

About BlackGirlsHack:
BlackGirlsHack Foundation (BGH Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) organization created to bring awareness and provide knowledge and resources to help increase the diversity and representation in Cyber Security. BlackGirlsHack Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose focus is to increase representation in Cyber Security for Black Women and Girls. BlackGirlsHack was created to share knowledge and resources to help black girls and women breakthrough barriers to careers in information security and cyber security. The vision for Black Girls Hack (BGH) is to provide resources, training, mentoring, and access to black girls and women and increase representation and diversity in the cyber security field and executive suites.


BlackGirlsHack partners with Cloud Academy for Cloud Based Training and Certification Preparation

The Cybersecurity and Technology Training nonprofit BlackGirlsHack (BGH) is excited to announce its strategic partnership with Cloud Academy, a leader in the cloud training space. Cloud Academy provides training across cloud providers, cloud-based certifications, big data, DevOps, security, and software engineering. Cloud Academy partners with innovation-focused organizations that understand that building world-class teams requires the need for understanding the landscape and programmatic assessment to ensure the alignment of resources, skills, and culture. It was that business model that made the partnership between BlackGirlsHack and Cloud Academy a good fit. Said BlackGirlsHack Executive Director Tennisha Martin, “We know that the future of data, networking, and security is clearly in the cloud and for that reason, our squad should have their heads deeply in the clouds too. We love that Cloud Academy provides training in areas of big data, DevOps and security, but it also provides training in the major cloud providers too. Providing a one-stop-shop for Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud training will provide our members with a great foundational knowledge of cloud-based security models and we’re excited that we get to bring this knowledge to our organization. The donation of licenses for our members demonstrates a commitment not just with partnering with innovative organizations but also with increasing diversity in cybersecurity and we hope that other organizations follow Cloud Academy’s lead.”

A demo of Cloud Academy’s platform can be found here.

About BlackGirlsHack:

BlackGirlsHack Foundation (BGH Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) organization created to bring awareness and provide knowledge and resources to help increase the diversity and representation in Cyber Security. BlackGirlsHack Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose focus is to increase representation in Cyber Security for Black Women and Girls. BlackGirlsHack was created to share knowledge and resources to help black girls and women breakthrough barriers to careers in information security and cyber security. The vision for Black Girls Hack (BGH) is to provide resources, training, mentoring, and access to black girls and women and increase representation and diversity in the cyber security field and executive suites.

RangeForce Partners with BlackGirlsHack to Address Lack of Diversity in Cybersecurity and Skills Shortage

 Access to Web-based Battle Skills Platform Aims to Help Black Girls and Women Break Through Barriers to Careers in Information Security      

MANASSAS, Va., Feb. 24, 2021 — RangeForce, the company that is revolutionizing cybersecurity training, today announced a partnership with BlackGirlsHack (BGH) to provide training resources to black girls and women, and increase representation and diversity in the cyber security field. According to data from the United States Department of Labor which publishes the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), ‘Black or African-American’ people make up only 3% of the information security analysts in the U.S.

BlackGirlsHack “Squad” members now have affordable access to RangeForce learning modules to acquire real world skills and realize careers in cybersecurity. The RangeForce web-delivered platform enables users, even on limited functionality devices, to work with leading security tools from Splunk, Carbon Black and others to learn how to defend against and respond to simulated cybersecurity threats.   

“Access to educational resources and opportunities is a blocker for many minorities, especially when it comes to cyber security, so I created BGH to change the playing field for girls and women of color,” said Tennisha Martin, founder of BlackGirlsHack. “This partnership with RangeForce directly supports our mission by empowering our learners to acquire practical skills from anywhere, at any time, that are certified and recognized by employers. Completing Battle Skills modules brings a cybersecurity job within reach for members of the BGH squad.”

“Minorities are notoriously under-represented in the cybersecurity field, especially women, at a time where we have a critical shortage of trained professionals,” said Gordon Lawson, President of RangeForce. “BlackGirlsHack is not only helping to break down barriers for black girls and women, Tennisha and her organization are helping companies access a huge untapped pool of talent. We are pleased to be working with BGH.”

About BGH

BGH was founded by Tennisha Martin, a black girl from Washington D.C. who has been working in the IT space for over 15 years. The organization offers resources and programs in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), Information Technology (IT), and Cybersecurity with the goal of helping to increase diversity in Cybersecurity. Tennisha currently works as a Senior Principal Consultant doing Consulting and Engineering work for the government sector. She has a Masters in Cybersecurity from The Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Digital Forensics from University of Maryland. 

About RangeForce

RangeForce creates accessible cybersecurity training experiences for you and your team. Powered by the industry’s first integrated training platform and virtual cyber range, we help customers operationalize a SaaS-based cybersecurity training program in hours, saving up to 65% over traditional training and up to $1M annually on hosted cyber ranges. RangeForce is revolutionizing cybersecurity training with its adaptive learning technology to better train and cross-train DevOps, IT, and security professionals. Train with us to build cyber resilience, and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter