Rising Cyber Stars

In addition to my role as Chief Technology Officer for Circadence, I also serve as an instructor for USD and will be a lead instructor during this program. Many of these Advanced GenCyber students attended the Cyber Bootcamp run by Securing our eCity® (sponsored by ESET® and hosted at General Atomics) last month. I had the pleasure of speaking at that event as well as meeting many of the students in advance. These students shared with me their passion for technology and excitement to learn both offensive and defensive tools and tactics, so I have incorporated a number of valuable tool development exercises into the curriculum. Students will enjoy sessions on penetration testing and target exploitation using Python, as well as capture the flag style exercises.

In addition to instructor-led courses, students will have the opportunity — both individually and in teams — to solve actual cybersecurity challenges in realistic environments within the Circadence Project Ares® platform. During their efforts, they are assisted by an artificial intelligence (AI) powered guide named Athena, who will help them build skills that will transfer to real-world career opportunities. This immersive, gamified approach to cyber skills training enables better retention and understanding for the next generation of cyber professionals.

My colleague Laura Lee, Executive Vice President of Cyber Training and Assessments for Circadence, will join us the final day as the closing speaker. Her discussion will focus on the exciting benefits of cybersecurity as a career path and how gamification is changing the cyber landscape.

Circadence’s partnership with USD for the GenCyber camp is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to address the critical cybersecurity skills gap through innovative, effective cybersecurity training. I’m thrilled to be a part of the GenCyber initiative and look forward to mentoring these 25 students as they learn more about this industry and consider future careers in cybersecurity.

— Ashton Mozano, CTO, Circadence and adjunct faculty member

Rising Cyber Stars

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