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CyberVista Announces Partnership with BlackGirlsHack, Providing Members with Free Access to Foundational Level Courses in Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 01 November 2022 –  CyberVista, a N2K Networks brand and cybersecurity training and workforce development company, announced today its partnership with BlackGirlsHack (BGH Foundation), a not-for-profit organization whose focus is to increase the representation of black girls and women in the cybersecurity industry. With this partnership, CyberVista will provide BGH with free access to foundational cybersecurity training that can be used to supplement training initiatives with their current members.

“There is a critical shortage of black women in the cybersecurity industry. BlackGirlsHack’s mission is to bridge this gap by creating a source of shared knowledge and resources that can enable black girls and women to break the barriers,” said Tennisha Martin, Founder and Executive Director, BlackGirlsHack. “We are excited to partner with CyberVista, an organization recognized for making inroads to eliminate the skills gap. The resources they are providing our members will help us open the doors for more black female professionals in cybersecurity for today and tomorrow.”

BGH provides training and resources to encourage black girls and women to be engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, which have historically had a poor representation of women and minorities. BGH’s focus is to improve access and representation of black girls and women in the cybersecurity industry and executive suites.

“Our partnership with BlackGirlsHack goes hand-in-hand with CyberVista’s goal to close the skills gap in cybersecurity by measuring and upskilling underrepresented groups of talent,” said Simone Petrella, CEO of CyberVista. “We support organizations that invest in their communities by elevating STEM education that will enable a better and more diverse cybersecurity workforce.”

CyberVista aims to create a cyber-ready workforce through personalized training programs that provide organizations with the people, knowledge and skills required to defend their most critical assets. Areas of training include computers and networking, inventory management, secure deployment and configuration management, protect and defend, and investigate and analysis―from foundational to expert level.

CyberVista’s free courses that will be made available to BGH include:

  • Cybersecurity Matters: This material is designed to complement basic security awareness training and provide a deeper layer of understanding of fundamental cybersecurity lexicon. Designed for a non-technical audience, Cybersecurity Matters provides informative and relevant content in an engaging online environment. Learners will walk away with a foundation of cybersecurity knowledge on common cyber attacks and defensive techniques. Beyond basic awareness training and phishing simulations, this content helps learners understand the “hows” and “whys” of cybersecurity, and their role in keeping the organization secure.
  • Security Essentials for IT:  An online program designed to teach IT professionals the key foundational concepts of cybersecurity, the course includes video lessons, case studies, lab exercises, and interviews with an industry expert in IT security. Security Essentials for IT goes beyond general awareness training programs. The course addresses cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities related to protecting business data and maintaining enterprise systems while incorporating real-world examples and hands-on exercises to put theory into practice. As a result, the practitioner will be more knowledgeable on cybersecurity lexicon, common threats and attacks, and proper mitigation strategies.

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 CyberVista

CyberVista is a cybersecurity workforce development company. CyberVista’s mission is to build and strengthen organizations by providing cybersecurity professionals with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to drive growth and defense. Founded in 2016, CyberVista benefits from the rich 85-year history of Kaplan—one of the world’s premier training providers—as its sister company and ally. In 2018, CyberVista welcomed Transcender into the brand. Transcender brings over 25 years of helping organizations and practitioners build technical job skills across all areas of IT and cybersecurity.


Cyber Skyline Partners with BlackGirlsHack to bring CTF to High School Students in the DMV

The Cybersecurity and Technology Training nonprofit BlackGirlsHack (BGH) is is excited to announce its partnership with Cyber Skyline and the National Cyber League.

The NCL is a defensive and offensive puzzle-based, capture-the-flag style cybersecurity competition. Its virtual training ground helps high school and college students prepare and test themselves against cybersecurity challenges that they will likely face in the workforce. In the NCL Games, students work to solve challenges such as identifying hackers from forensic data, pentesting and auditing vulnerable websites, recovering from ransomware attacks, and more.

BGH Foundation will be incorporating the National Cyber League in their Intro to CTF training included in their BlackKidHack/ We Got Next Cyber K-12 program to help prepare the next generation of cyber professionals. The National Cyber League Fall Season is in progress and is open to highschool-graduate school students. Kicking off their pilot season in January 2023, the BlackKidsHack/ We Got Next Cyber program is an immersive 18 week program that helps prepare 9-12th grade students for the CompTIA Security+ certification and introduces them to careers in cybersecurity, ethical hacking and capture the flag competions. Through its partnership with the National Cyber League the students will be trained on their state of the art training platform and will have the opportunity to participate in the Spring 2023 cyber league.

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.

Correllium is Focused on the Future with Diamond Sponsorship of Girls Hack Village at DefCon 30

The Cybersecurity and Technology Training nonprofit BlackGirlsHack (BGH) is is excited to announce its partnership with the Corellium to bring Girls Hack Village to DefCon 30. Corellium, a company that virtualizes iOS and Android for Arm-native, powerful security testing is a Diamond Sponsor of Girls Hack Village at DefCon30.

Corellium® was founded to equip teams with the tools they need to push the ecosystem of Arm-based devices forward. Corellium’s focus is the future and changing what is possible for mobile security testing through our groundbreaking Arm-native mobile device virtualization platform.  They’ve committed to helping enrich non-profit and educational initiatives and we’re excited they’ve chosen to support bringing the first Girls Hack Village to the world at DefCon 30 at Hacker Summer Camp. For Corellim, empowering women, nonbinary and other underrepresented groups to improve their skills is critical to building a thriving and diverse mobile security industry.

Corellum has not only sponsored the village but has also partnered with NowSecure to bring a Mobile Penetration Testing Workshop to the village.

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.

The Cybersecurity and Technology Training nonprofit BlackGirlsHack (BGH) is is excited to announce its partnership with the US Cyber Games. The US Cyber Games was founded by Katzcy, in cooperation with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In its second season, the US Cyber Games team is working to increase diversity in Competitive CTF sporting. BlackGirlsHack is passionate about the use of the gamification of cybersecurity as a means to source more diverse candidates in competitive CTF gaming. The US Cyber Games team is currently recruiting players for the US Cyber Open Capture the Flag (CTF).

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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