"Traditional training pipelines have focused on developing core learning objectives in an academic environment before introducing students to operationally relevant scenarios. The unfortunate side effect of this divide-and-conquer methodology is an attrition of knowledge, failure to establish relevancy, and increased time to operational effectiveness," said Mike Morris, root9B Chief Technology Officer. "This partnership with SAIC counters this instructional weakness by providing the best learning environment possible while presenting students with challenging real-world cybersecurity operations, scenarios, and incidents."
The effort will draw on root9B's real-world operational experiences to deliver state-of-the-art cyber training focused on developing the operational skills needed to protect against the evolving capabilities of cyber adversaries and elevate the skills of future cybersecurity teams.
As a Mission Qualification Training (MQT) provider to multiple Department of Defense cyber units, root9B understands that developing relevant, practical knowledge, insight, and technical skills is central to establishing a cadre of cybersecurity teams who are mission-ready. This provides validation of full-spectrum courses of action driven by the specific needs of government, and critical infrastructure market segments.
"This collaboration will enable operationally-focused teams to receive immersive training in areas like Joint Operations Planning Process (JOPP), cyber operations, and advanced training in Operational Design and Operational Art," said Josh Jackson, SAIC Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Training and Simulation Service Line. "Together, we are helping our customers address highly complex training challenges in cyber operations."
With this joint effort, SAIC and root9B will provide customers with technology-driven, skills-based services, delivered on-demand, customized to individual needs, and aligned to budget and operational requirements.
Ranked as the #1 Cybersecurity company for four consecutive quarters by Cybersecurity Ventures (Jan 2016), root9B stands in defiance of the unwanted human presence within our clients' networks by attacking the root of the problem—the adversary's ability to gain entry and remain undetected. root9B's application of advanced technology developed through cutting-edge R&D and engineering and refined through relevant, hands-on training is revolutionary. root9B combines next generation technology, tactics development, specialty tools, and deep mission experience. root9B personnel leverage their extensive backgrounds in the U.S. Intelligence Community to conduct advanced vulnerability analysis, penetration testing, digital forensics, incident response, Industrial Control System (ICS) security, and Active Adversary Pursuit (HUNT) engagements on networks worldwide. For more information, visit www.root9B.com.
About root9B Holdings
root9B Holdings is a leading provider of Cybersecurity and Regulatory Risk Mitigation. Through its wholly owned subsidiaries root9B and IPSA International, root9B Holdings delivers results that improve productivity, mitigate risk and maximize profits. Our clients range in size from Fortune 100 companies to mid-sized and owner-managed businesses across a broad range of industries including local, state, and government agencies. For more information, visit www.root9BHoldings.com
SAIC is a premier technology integrator providing full life cycle services and solutions in the technical, engineering, intelligence, and enterprise information technology markets. SAIC is Redefining Ingenuity through its deep customer and domain knowledge to enable the delivery of systems engineering and integration offerings for large, complex projects. SAIC's approximately 15,000 employees are driven by integrity and mission focus to serve customers in the U.S. federal government. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $4.3 billion. For more information, visit saic.com.
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