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(ISC)² to Offer Cybersecurity Training to Military Vets through Microsoft Software & Systems Academy

Students Will be Able to Take (ISC)²’s SSCP Certification Exam Upon Completion

      Clearwater FL, February 10, 2017 — (ISC)²® today announced that it will work with Microsoft Corporation to enable military veterans to explore a new path to job training in the field of cybersecurity. Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) is expanding its offering with a Cybersecurity Administration Learning Path. The (ISC)² Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) certification will serve as the base of the curriculum for this cybersecurity training program. Students will be prepared to take the SSCP examination upon completion of the course.    

The SSCP credential certifies the technical skills and practical, hands-on knowledge needed for professional cybersecurity roles. Those earning the credential have shown they can implement, monitor and administer an IT infrastructure to ensure its confidentiality, integrity and availability. Duties typically include installing security software and anti-virus tools, updating and developing disaster recovery protocols, conducting security audits, and defending an organization’s network from unauthorized access.

The military training and security clearance of the more than 200,000 service members transitioning annually to civilian life positions them as strong candidates for roles in the growing field of security administration. MSSA helps address the more than 500,000 tech jobs in the United States that remain unfilled each year due to a tech skills gap. Three MSSA offerings already deliver training in Server & Cloud Administration, Database & Business Intelligence Administration, and Cloud Application Development.
Graduates of the MSSA Cybersecurity Administration course will be prepared for careers as security administrators that typically have a starting salary of $70,000 or more.   

“As a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, I understand the importance of military members making a successful transition into civilian life,” said David Shearer, CEO, (ISC)². “Veterans can turn their service to country into a different kind of service protecting vital systems, networks and infrastructure. We’re pleased to partner with Microsoft on its new Cybersecurity Administration Learning Path, which brings the quality content from our SSCP to the veteran community. This initiative will help to fill the critical staffing shortage in the information security industry in the U.S.”

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About (ISC)²

(ISC)² is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. Best known for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification, (ISC)2 offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of a holistic, programmatic approach to security. Our membership, over 120,000 strong, is made up of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are making a difference and helping to advance the industry. Our vision is supported by our commitment to educate and reach the general public through our charitable foundation– The Center for Cyber Safety and EducationTM. Please hyperlink to the new Center website .For more information on (ISC)², visit, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook


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