The Internet of Things Ushers in a New Wave of Cybersecurity Needs

The internet has changed rapidly since its inception in 1983. The way we communicate, consume news and media, shop, and collect data are just a few examples of the way the internet has changed the world. A term you may have heard crop up in recent years is IoT, or The Internet of Things. IoT […]

A New Perspective: Changing How We Think About Cybersecurity Training

What if someone told you that there was a new way to commute to work in the morning? A way that was more efficient than taking the highways or backroads to avoid traffic – a way that would allow you to save time, headaches and the dangers of driving altogether…you’d be interested, right? Maybe a […]

Are you living the CISO nightmare? Five Cyber Concerns Keeping Them Up at Night

What keeps CISOs up at night? Is it the looming concern of a threat? The uncertainty of cloud security? Wondering if you have enough cyber pros on the frontlines to defend and protect? Maybe it’s all three –and more. CISOs are carrying a lot of security responsibility on their shoulders, all while trying to make […]

On the Move: Cyberattacks on the Transportation Industry

Everything is on the move. People. Agriculture. Water. Power. Materials ranging from home goods to hazardous waste all flow through a massively complex, public/private, interconnected – and increasingly automated – hive of vehicles and transport systems. According to the Department of Homeland Security: More than 19,000 airports with 780,000 commercial flights a month 361 ports and […]

Hope for Cybersecurity: Cyber Teaching Challenges & New Horizons for Cyber Learning

The statistics are dismal. An estimated 3.5 million unfilled cyber positions by 2021 and today, we have over 300,000 openings in the U.S. alone. According to a New York Times article, “filling those jobs would mean increasing the country’s current cybersecurity workforce of 715,000 people by more than 40 percent,” according to data presented at the National […]

Guest Blog: Embracing Immersive, Gamified Cybersecurity Learning, Featuring Divergence Academy

What is immersive, gamified cybersecurity learning? The term was originally coined in 2002 by a British computer programmer named Nick Pelling. The term hit the mainstream when a location-sharing service called Foursquare emerged in 2009, employing gamification elements like points, badges, and “mayorships” to motivate people to use their mobile app to “check in” to places they visited.  The term hit buzzword fame in 2011 when […]

Guest Blog: Reimagining Cyber Learning for Students, Featuring Divergence Academy

  It’s one thing to talk about the importance of teaching cybersecurity in an engaging way, and another thing to actually do it. Divergence Academy is proud to partner with Circadence to reimagine how cybersecurity is taught to current and aspiring professionals. About Divergence Academy Divergence Academy is an education institution creating adaptive learning solutions […]

Inside inCyt: The Benefits of Gamified Cybersecurity Learning (An Interview with Cassie Brubaker)

Here at Circadence, we are dedicated to taking cybersecurity learning to the next level. We do this through gamification that is accessible to all ages and ranges of knowledge on the subject. Our own Cassie Brubaker, co-creative director on our security awareness mobile app inCyt™, helped us understand the differences between learning and training, and […]

Ten Reasons to Check Out San Francisco while at RSA

Your definitive guide to de-compressing from the tradeshow chaos.
Exhibiting at and attending a tradeshow can be stressful. Packing, getting to your flight on time and finding your way in a “new” city are all trying.

Guest Blog: Taking Cybersecurity Learning to a Whole New Level

Last week I was lucky enough to be able to attend Circadence’s Cyber Learning Tour at the Microsoft Technology Center in Chicago.  This event was hosted by Laura Lee, VP of Rapid Prototyping,  and one of the lead creators of the Project Ares training platform.

A Call to Diversify the Cybersecurity Workforce

You’ve read about it, know it well, and can probably instantaneously identify one of today’s top cyber crises: the cybersecurity skills gap. It’s putting enterprises, governments and academic institutions at greater risk than ever because we don’t have enough professionals to mitigate, defend, and analyze incoming attacks and vulnerabilities.

Making Cybersecurity BETTER: Dan Manson to Speak at RSA 2019

With the New Year in full swing, we are resolved to improve not only our own products to meet industry shifts but helping improve cyber professional’s skill sets against evolving threats.

What We’ve Learned from the Evolving IT Landscape and Where Cybersecurity is Headed in 2019

The new year is always a good time for reflection. At Circadence, we look back on the dynamic IT landscape and ever-evolving threats to understand where CISOs and security leaders can direct their attention in 2019 and prioritize new security practices.

Help Wanted: Combating the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

Recent news headlines are clear on one thing: there is a massive shortage of cybersecurity experts in the industry. Cyberattacks are permeating every commercial and government sector yet the talent pool of defenders can’t keep pace.

Finding the needle in the cybersecurity haystack: Why gamification is the answer you’ve been looking for

To say we’re on an upward trajectory in the cybersecurity space would be an understatement. Cyber threats are increasing. Organizational spending is increasing.

Circadence Takes “A Different Look at Cybersecurity” on the Road

In partnership with Sirius Computer Solutions, Snowflake Computing, and Puppet software, Circadence is pleased to participate in the roadshow series,  “A Different Look at Cybersecurity.”

Artificial Intelligence and Learning Through Robotics: An Interview with Circadence CTO Bradley Hayes

We sat down with Circadence’s own Chief Technology Officer, Brad Hayes, to delve deeper into the meaning of AI and machine learning as it relates to the cybersecurity field, to discuss how robotics inform best cybersecurity practices, and to learn about new developments that are shaping the future of the field.

Cybersecurity & Artificial Intelligence Trends from 2018

A study conducted by SailPoint reported that nearly 75% of employees engage in password re-use across accounts, as opposed to just over half four years ago. Nearly half of people surveyed admitted to sharing passwords across personal and work accounts. Part of this is being driven by employees seeing IT practices as inconvenient, as they seek circumvention in favor of personal efficiency.

Utilizing Cyber Range Learning in Academia

Cyber ranges are virtual learning environments used for cyber warfare skills development.  A cyber range offers hands-on learning opportunities for cybersecurity professionals by marrying traditional classroom concepts with more ‘sticky’ experiential learning techniques.

Living Our Mission Blog Series #2: New Developments for Project Ares 3.6

From new training content to Intelligent Cloud-based hosting options, our immersive, gamified Project Ares cybersecurity learning platform continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of our customers.

2019 Cybersecurity Predictions

Well, it’s safe to say that 2018 for the cybersecurity industry has been a little doom and gloom. And rightly so. More than 3.5 million unfilled job positions expected by 2021, 90 percent of cyberattacks caused by human error, and what we thought were once effective learning methods prove to only yield a 5 percent information retention rate.

Oil and Gas Cybersecurity: Understanding Risks, Consequences, and Proactive Measures

The oil and gas sector is vulnerable to cyberattacks as it adopts digital means by which to control communications that help power energy production and distribution. Daily activities that we often take for granted are powered by the energy from oil and gas including everyday cooking, heating/cooling, communication, and use of electronic devices and appliances.

Close the Cybersecurity Workforce Gap with Apprenticeships, Internships, and Other Alternative Pathways

We’ve all heard by now that the cyber workforce gap has reached a level of desperation that puts all of us, and our country, at risk. It’s time we start moving the conversation away from the problem and towards innovative solutions.
To truly narrow this cyber workforce gap, it’s crucial to solicit the collaboration and support of the “golden trifecta” – academia, commercial industries, and government.

Modernizing Cyber Ranges

Cyber ranges were initially developed for government entities looking to better train their workforce with new skills and techniques. Cyber ranges provide representations of actual networks, systems, and tools for novice and seasoned cyber professionals to safely train in virtual environments without compromising the safety and security of their own networks.

Penetration Testing Challenges and Solutions

It’s one of the most direct and proactive cybersecurity activities organizations can do to protect themselves from an attack—penetration testing. Also known as ethical hacking, it involves legally breaking into computers to test an organization’s defenses.

Keeping Critical Infrastructure Strong and Secure

November is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, a nationwide effort to raise awareness and reaffirm the commitment to protect our Nation’s critical infrastructure.  Circadence’s mission is to build awareness about how next-generation cybersecurity education and training can improve cyber preparedness.

A Rising Tide Lifts all Boats: Celebrating National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCAM) in October reminds us of the importance of being safer online, in both our professional and personal lives. Easier said than done, eh? Who’s to say the majority of us even know what makes us “safer” online, or for that matter what makes us vulnerable or should raise a red flag?

How To Tell If Your Cybersecurity Strategy Is Prone to a Cyberattack

What does your current InfoSec environment look like? Are teams prepared to tackle evolving threats? Is your cybersecurity strategy aligned with business objectives? Do you and your team undergo regular training to stay ahead of hackers? If you’re not sure, this blog is for you.

Living Our Mission Blog Series: New Developments for Project Ares

The only constant in cybersecurity is change. To best serve our customers’ needs and equip them with the latest technology, tools, and best practices that help them successfully combat evolving threats, Circadence regularly updates its cybersecurity solutions.

Cultivating the Next Generation of Cyber Professionals: Recapping Summer Internship Projects

Circadence® is proud to live out its mission to continuously educate and upskill the next generation of cyber professionals. We had the pleasure of hosting several interns over the Summer season who showed us firsthand the promise and potential they have for the industry.

Bridging the Cybersecurity Skills Gap with Artificial Intelligence

You know it and we know it. We cannot train our way out of the widening cybersecurity skills gap (expected to reach 3.5 million by 2021).

Learn 3 Ways to Prevent an Election Cyberattack 

Since the 2016 election, numerous reports have cited concerns of vulnerabilities in the voting ecosystem, detailing attempts by nation states such as Russia to exploit election cybersecurity systems with pervasive cyberattacks.

Celebrate “National Cybersecurity Awareness Month” Year-Round

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCAM) in October reminds us of the importance of being safer online in both our professional and personal lives. By employing fundamental cybersecurity best practices, ALL professionals from the C-Suite to the Administrator can better safeguard against ongoing threats infiltrating and exploiting systems and data every day.  

CISOs, Strengthen Your Cybersecurity Posture with These Resources

There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds. The average cost of a data breach in 2020 is expected to exceed $150 million. And by 2021, there will be more than 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide. No enterprise is safe from an attack.  

Learn the Three A’s for Enhanced Cyber Awareness

We’re constantly learning at Circadence. Learning what’s new and effective in cyber training. Understanding what our customers need and want in a cyber training platform. Discovering the issues that still keep them up at night.

Understanding the Dark Web

If you are familiar with recent news reports about security incidents and threats, you’ve probably heard of the ‘dark web’ or the ‘darknet.’ In fact, you don’t even need to pay attention to the news. TV shows, movies and even social networking sites will introduce the terms to you.

Game On: The Benefits of Active, Gamified Learning in Cyber Training

Cyber training has been conducted in the same way for years, comprised of traditional, classroom-style settings complete with a teacher lecturing and passive listeners. 

Game of Titans Cyber Challenge Attracts Top Professionals, Raises Awareness of Gamified Training and Assessment Solutions

We hosted our first-ever “Game of Titans” Cybersecurity Challenge in Las Vegas recently, gathering security professionals together to compete on our Project Ares® cybersecurity platform for a chance to win several prizes.

Recapping Jack Voltaic 2.0 Cyber Research Project: A Q&A with Laura Lee

Late last week, Circadence® participated in the Jack Voltaic 2.0 Cyber Research Project held in Houston, Texas. The event was described as a “bottom-up approach to critical infrastructure resilience,” where the City of Houston, in partnership with AECOM and the Army Cyber Institute (ACI) gathered with critical infrastructure partners to study cybersecurity preparedness gaps.  

DevSecOps: The Benefits of Security and DevOps Working Together

For years, security professionals, including myself, have advocated for security to be part of the development process. Recently, development has been undergoing a big shift as it becomes a more integrated process.

Circadence’s Laura Lee Mentors Young Women at Cybersecurity Badge Program Launch Event for Girl Scouts in Partnership with Palo Alto Networks

Our own Laura Lee, executive vice president of rapid prototyping, recently mentored young girls at a Girl Scouts event on Wednesday, June 27, that celebrated the launch of a new cybersecurity badge program.

The program is the brainchild and joint partnership between Palo Alto Networks and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

Play, Watch, Experience: Circadence to Host First-Ever “Game of Titans” Cyber Challenge in Las Vegas

As the New York Times points out, “Video games are beginning their takeover of the real world,” and with the popularity of Fortnite and other events gaining traction, Circadence® is jumping on the voyeuristic video game bandwagon hosting its first “Game of Titans” Cyber Challenge–a unique event that will demonstrate the power of its immersive, online cybersecurity training platform Project Ares®.

The “Game of Titans” competition is one of THREE ways cybersecurity warriors can experience the power of gamification within cybersecurity training in Las Vegas from August 6 through August 9.

GUIs Are Evil

Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) are evil. Or in the words of a friend of mine – “the work of the devil.” I know people generally like shiny windows and icons and that’s fine for a lot of work. But, when it comes to being an info security professional, GUIs are just wrong in many cases

Why Continuous Learning is Key to Strengthening Cyber Teams

There is a lot out there about the benefits of continuous learning—or continuous professional development—and what we’re gleaning from research is how POWERFUL the approach can be when applied to cyber team training.

THE ILLUSION OF SECURITY

When you fly, you are subjected to a lot of requirements when passing through a security checkpoint. You have to take off your belt and jacket, remove everything from your pockets, you can’t carry in liquids more than 3 ounces and on and on.

Project Ares Featured on Computer America Radio

Recently, our own Keenan Skelly, VP of Global Partnerships and Security Evangelist with Circadence®, was interviewed by Computer America’s Ben Crossman regarding Project Ares®, our flagship training and assessment platform for cybersecurity professionals. Keenan shared how Project Ares works, what it can be used for and the benefits of gamified training.

Why We Can’t Keep Ignoring Cyber Fatigue

The ever-present threat of cyber attacks is taking its toll on info sec newcomers and veterans alike who are struggling to keep pace and can lead to cyber fatigue, which is a growing concern among both cyber professionals and consumers.

Circadence ranks in top 10 cybersecurity training firms by Black Book Market Research

Black Book Market Research, the parent group for Black Book Rankings, recently ranked Circadence® among the top 10 cybersecurity training firms for 2018.

Circadence’s premier cybersecurity training platform, Project Ares®, is an immersive, gamified, AI-powered platform designed to help cyber professionals hone their skills and knowledge to defeat evolving cyber threats.

You’re Not Alone: Common Cybersecurity Challenges

We’re taking a 30,000-foot view of cybersecurity to understand the state of the industry from an enterprise perspective and share some common challenges faced by diverse industries. Doing so provides infosec leaders insight into how challenges emerge in their workplace and potentially a sense of relief knowing their industry (and themselves, as professionals) are not alone in this struggle.

Lessons Learned: Cybercrime Incidences in the Financial Services Industry We Can Learn From

The financial services industry was the hardest hit with cybercrime in 2013 according to Deloitte. And it continues to rank in the top five most vulnerable industries. In 2017, 69 material cyber incidents were reported to the Financial Conduct Authority, an increase on the 38 incidents in 2016 and 24 in 2015, according to Information Age.  

MEASURING SECURITY

As an example, if we start on the low end of the scale, the one where everyone has an impact on the company, we talk about security awareness. Companies today generally have security awareness programs to help their employees know how to do the right things when it comes to interactions outside the company and especially with corporate resources and sensitive information.

The Importance of Cybersecurity Awareness and Education (or, how to easily attack your friends and enemies)

While it hasn’t received as much conventional press as, say, the Equifax data breach, there was recently a significant event that took place on the Internet. A service called Memcached, which allows chunks of data to be shared between websites, is or was vulnerable to being misused to send large amounts of data to unsuspecting targets.

SoCal Cyber Cup Challenge Finals Wrap Up 6-Month Long Cyber Program

This past month, the SoCal Cyber Cup Challenge wrapped up a six-month long program and competition intended to educate and prepare the nation’s next generation of cybersecurity professionals. Organized and backed by Securing Our eCity Foundation, National Defense Industrial Association, National University and Circadence, the Challenge provided high school and middle school students the opportunity to learn and practice cyber skills using a gamified, persistent training platform, Project Ares®.

So, You’re An InfoSec N00b

You may be an InfoSec n00b but not all is lost. You are far from alone. Now more than ever, security is everyone’s problem but it’s difficult. So much is taken out of our control in the name of making our life easier that in the end, it can be harder to protect ourselves and, by extension, the companies we may be working for.

Circadence Teams up with MD5 to Support T9Hacks Event at CU Boulder

Major League Hacking opens its 2018 Season at the University of Colorado Boulder with T9Hacks, February 10-11, 2018. Welcome to 24 hours of research, learning, designing, building and solving. With no experience required, T9Hacks is an event planned by college students, for college students, and focuses on creating a unique and engaging venue for women, non-binary, and other gender minority students.

Understanding Malware Analysis

The malware industry has come a long way and currently, it’s a very lucrative business. This is one of many reasons that makes studying malware so fascinating. It’s an interesting mix of technology, psychology, and commerce. Psychology is what makes malware effective, and commerce is what ensures more hackers continue to develop new and interesting malware. 

Four Reasons Your Security Team Should Be Training on a Cyber Range

It seems that every other week another mega-breach is making headlines. Cyber teams barely have time to bolster their cyber defenses before a new attack vector is revealed. It is nearly impossible for teams to train in such a rapidly evolving threat landscape through traditional lecture-based methods. Today’s threats demand an immediate shift in approach.

Circadence® Project Ares® is Training the Next Generation of Cyber Experts in the SoCal Cyber Cup Challenge

Teaching a new generation to become experienced cyber professionals, trained to deal with the latest cyber threats, is critical to ensure the safety of information. Because there is an ever-present threat of cyber criminals who are intent on hacking into systems and causing chaos worldwide, there will always be a need for skilled cybersecurity professionals.

Cyber Practitioners & Students Accept the 2017 Cybersecurity Gaming Challenge at UNCC

Each year, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte hosts the Cybersecurity Symposium, bringing world class speakers together to discuss top security challenges, cutting edge technology and best practices for mitigating risk and defending the enterprise. Drawing more than 600 attendees, the conference serves as a platform for important industry dialogue as well as a forum for cybersecurity students to engage with security experts and practitioners.

Circadence Awarded for Cybersecurity Training and Education, Security Software Innovation

Circadence® was recently named the Gold Winner for Training and Education and the Bronze Winner for Security Software Innovation in the 2017 Golden Bridge Awards. These annual industry and peer-selected awards encompass the world’s best in organizational performance, product management, and customer satisfaction.

New Draft of NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework Expands on Skills, but Team Approach & Simplicity Are Needed

A new draft of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF) (NIST Special Publication 800-181) was just released and among the many revisions, the framework draft includes most of the tasks and knowledge/skills/activities (KSAs) supporting the 52 work roles previously outlined. Work role details are nearly 95 percent defined—a significant improvement from approximately 50 percent completion in the previous version—with much of the new content focused on categories that would be considered offensive in nature (penetration testing, for example).

Test Your Skills in the Cyber Mission Café during AFCEA TechNet Augusta, Booth #802

Security practitioners of all skill levels are invited to join Circadence® at Booth #802 during the TechNet Augusta Conference August 8-10. Spend some time in our Cyber Mission Café testing your cyber skills or practicing offensive and defensive tactics in the gamified, AI-powered Project Ares® platform.

An Educational Institution Roadmap for Women in Cybersecurity

When I was in school, just five percent (5%) of my engineering class were women. Today, according to the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study: Women in Cybersecurity, just 11 percent of information security jobs are held by women. And if you look at many security technology providers, you often won’t see a single woman […]

Circadence® Project Ares® Honored for Innovation in Cyber Training

Network Products Guide, the IT industry’s leading technology research and advisory guide, named Circadence® Project Ares® a Gold winner in both the IT Products and Services for Education, as well as the Training, Awareness and Educational Programs categories in the 2017 IT World Awards®. Additionally, Circadence was named a Bronze winner for Innovative IT Company of the Year.