Enhancing Your Team’s Certification Preparation Process

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All right, everyone, Good afternoon and thank you for taking the time to join today's webinar, enhancing your team's certification preparation process.
Before we get started, I'd like to go over just a few housekeeping items.
Today's webinar is scheduled for exactly 30 minutes and will include a product walk through
to ensure we're able to cover everything on our agenda, all participants will be muted.
You'll still be able to submit questions via the Q and A box, and we certainly encourage you to do so. Will address questions via the chat function and in the dedicated Q and a portion of today's program.
This webinar is being recorded, and we plan to share the link with you in the next few days.
Your host for today's Webinar is Ruta Bott.
Rueda is a senior enterprise account executive here. It's library. He regularly partners with I T and security leaders from the Fortune 1000 toe, help them find the right solutions to develop their team cybersecurity skills,
earn industry certifications,
reduce on boarding time, improve retention and achieve their specific strategic objectives.
Rueda specializes in working with organizations in the finance, government and health care sectors.
Ah, fun fact about Rueda is that he is a mechanical engineer by trade.
He spent over four months studying and preparing for his American Society of Mechanical Engineering certification so he can definitely empathize with the time and energy needed to attain a specific certification.
We're excited to discuss this in today's topic because it's a huge focus for many organizations. So without further ado, I'd love to kick this over to Ruta to get us started with today's agenda.
Thanks for the introduction, Ryan and thank you all for joining. I'm thrilled toe lead Today's discussion, Uh, to be honest with you. Certification Prep has been the center of many conversations with customers this year,
But before we dive into today's exciting webinar, I wanted to quickly run through the agenda and let you all know what you signed up for.
Well, first, start off by providing a little bit of background on Sai Buri, who we are and what we do
next. I'll talk about some of the skill gaps as it pertains to the industry as a whole,
and also why kind of industry certifications are really important to all of us. Also break down the challenges we see organizations and specifically security leaders face and trying to help their teams earn and maintain critical certifications.
And finally, I'll walk through our approach to enhancing your team certification process.
Hopefully, at the end of this webinar, you'll be able to learn how to scale effective certification preparation for your team.
Utilize Cyber Eri to know when someone on your team is actually ready. Toe Pass the certification exam and supplements certification prep with hands on real world application.
So a little bit about Sai Buri Cyber for teams is a leading cybersecurity workforce development platform. So what does that mean? It means we help organizations like yours close to cybersecurity, skill, gap
and build cybersecurity enabled workforce. A workforce is equipped to meet the modern threats.
We combine engaging courses from experts in the field with secure browser based virtual labs which enable your team toe work through real world scenarios and get hands on with the latest tools and technologies to drive their cybersecurity skill development.
And at the end of the day, that's really why we've earned the trust of organizations around the world. In fact,
96% of the Fortune 1000 already have employees building their cybersecurity skills here on cyber.
So we hear a lot about skill gaps. You know, I mentioned it a lot here in the get go on. Do we all know in this industry skill gap issue was vast and prevalent across all verticals, but we find the root cause for cybersecurity. Skill gaps within teams stem from one or many of the following here on the screen,
everything from not being able to actually find or attract the right cybersecurity talent to, you know, once that talent is hired and has spent some time in your workforce not having a real way to ensure
that in employees, knowledge and skills are up to date and also relevant for the times, the keyword being their inshore.
So we see skill gaps again manifest themselves in a number of ways along the employee journey.
Like I said, from recruiting toe on Boarding to Career Path Thing will actually be covering Career Path thing and how to create an effective career development strategy for your team on next week's program.
But our focus for today on this webinar is industry certifications.
But before we dive in, I really wanted to get everyone's involved in here and get everyone's thoughts on certifications because they mean a lot of different things to different people. So let's open it up to our first poll question here.
What do industry certifications mean for your team or organization?
There we go. Great. Uh, it seems like the top response here for everybody. It seems like it was the top leader as everyone was submitting is the validating knowledge and skills and that it's totally in line with some of the things that we here, Um you know, in our daily customer conversations, we know industry certifications are important, right? We know that
there are a variety of different,
uh, people in this industry that take on certifications. They it means a lot of different things to them. So in terms of the importance of industry certifications, some organizations they typically don't have an effective way to measure or validate their teams knowledge and skills
certifications and typically help actually ensure your team staying. That they're staying current with emerging technologies and industry trends, and they actually have the skills. They need toe work as effectively and efficiently as possible.
But I know other people they also responded, increasing employee engagement. And that's something that we see AH, lot of times for organizations as well, because they see that investing in helping their teams earn and maintain certifications is a clear way to actually support their professional growth and development, which improves employee engagement, improves employee satisfaction
and at the end of the day, and
proves employee retention.
But then for other organizations, you know, like managed service providers or manage security service providers or even government contractors. They often use Certs as a way to execute on contracts because if they have certifications and they're qualified to bid on certain contracts, and that can help them land some more clientele
Also, for others, industry certifications certifications can simply bolster your credibility and a number of different ways. It demonstrates your team's expertise to clients or customers and often enables you to build at higher rates. I personally, here at Cyber we have worked with several organizations in the tech space,
and for them, industry certifications can actually help reduce technology insurance premiums. And so that's why they really encourage their teams to go after Certs
and then lastly, your team might be simply required to hold a industry certification to actually comply with internal, corporate or external directives. For example, three U. S. Department of Defense has the directive that we all might be familiar with called the D. O. D 81 40 and that's simply requires that cybersecurity, workforce toe hold a specific industry, cert
that aligns with the individuals job role.
And it's just another way to again validate the individuals, knowledge, skill or abilities.
So now that we know the importance of certifications, let's discuss the challenges when acquiring a certification. But before we do that, I wanted to learn how some of you actually prepped for a certain.
So before we move on, I want to open up to our second poll question. How does your organization currently prepare team members turn industry certifications
awesome. It seems like providing access to online courses is a typical approach, and that's actually interesting, because I just got off a customer conversation this morning. But that was a typical way. Priests I bury or the only way that institution was actually rolling out certification prep for their workforce,
so we know why certifications are important
Now. It's important to discuss the common challenges we see our customers face
right. A lot of times it starts off by them. Just not having a scalable or repeatable process to help their team prepare for industry certifications or earned the CEO is they need to actually maintain credentials.
A number of people rely on boot camps or in person training courses. Others bring in specialists to train their teams. But these are very expensive approaches. It's time consuming, and it can really take away from your workforce doing their day to day job
with boot camps, you're unlikely to send everyone to the boot camp for training with Specialist, you're just simply attacking the problem piecemeal.
Both approaches approaches are inefficient and really only focus on intermediate needs. Not really the future and obviously with co vid, you know, neither approach really is feasible right now.
We also see organizations struggle to ensure that the team members are actually ready to pass the certification exam.
Industry certification exams are expensive, and preparing for one is a lot of work. It requires countless hours of studying,
but it can be hard for leaders to know if their team has a resource is they need or if they're even actually putting in the work.
We've also found that many professionals don't have the foundational knowledge they need for the industry certification they're pursuing,
which only worsens the situation and extends the time it takes these individuals
for you know, them, feeling confident or even ready to take the exam.
Now what about after someone earns an industry certification? I know this is a huge topic in the industry right now.
Earlier, we talked about certifications as a mean to validate knowledge and skills, but interestingly enough,
it's not sure fire way to assess subject matter expertise.
There could be gaps between a certification, stated learning objectives and what you or your team need to dio.
Some people are just really good test takers and understand concepts,
but they can't really apply them in a real world or on the job where it matters most.
And this could make them in effective in their role and can put your organization at risk.
So we've highlighted the problems.
Now it's important to talk about the solution. How can we help
our cyber for teams? Platform has curated learning content for the most in demand cybersecurity industry certifications and enables your team to prepare for and earned the sea use necessary to maintain multiple certifications all in one place
with courses, tools and resource is accessible online anytime, anywhere, all while providing a cost effective alternative to the boot camp and specialist approaches.
We also help ensure your team is primed for success.
First, by confirming each member has the foundational knowledge and experience they need for the industry certification they're pursuing. So how do we do this? We could do this by leveraging targeted skill assessments to gauge their competency in critical areas, which enables you to direct learning content to develop this particular skill set all in addition to the certification course
at the end of our certification Pats. We also include practice test tied to the certifications, key learning objectives.
This can simply optimize studying by helping your team refine their areas of focus. And, of course, there are dashboard. You'll be able to track and monitor the progress of your employees as they engage in the certification preparation process.
Now, in addition to the practice test, the majority of our certification courses include virtual labs that give your team the opportunity to apply concepts in real world scenarios,
unlike other training options that simply just offer that textbook style of learning.
What this will do is give you confidence in knowing your team can and will put this knowledge into practice on a daily basis.
So I'd like to now
share with you. How about here at Cyber? Our team's platform can really help you optimize the certification process and how you can simply just implement the solution at your organization.
So what I'd like to start off here is the browse page on our platform, and I think this is a perfect place to start, because cyber for teams brings the collective knowledge of cybersecurity industry's top experts in leading organizations like I mentioned before. But what's most exciting is our network of experts continues to grow,
which allows us to move
quickly and provide timely content to help our customers stay current. With industry trends,
we cover a broad range of topics and skill areas like penetration, testing, incident response, digital forensics, cloud security
and we do all of this by providing our learners I diverse range of learning modalities,
such as career paths that provide role based learning opportunities to boost confidence or virtual labs. Something I mentioned before, which really, you know, helps an individual gets, um, riel hands on experience
or certification courses to develop subject matter expertise
or even skill assessments. Right? Skill assessments are a great way to actually measure the skill gaps of the team and understand each individual has the knowledge and skills to perform the job on a day to day basis
and finally, certification practice tests to ensure your team's readiness to pass
all of this all on one comprehensive platform, accessible anytime, anywhere, right from your browser. You and your team will always have the tools and resources you need all at your fingertips.
But as you can see here as I pause here on the certification bodies section of the page,
you can see we offer learning content for the most in demand certifications from the industry's top certification bodies, such as Camp Tia, I C squared S aka Easy Council, among others.
So let me click into camp here, for example.
This is what you're going to see behind the committee a content filter. As I mentioned
before, we have a variety of courses. Labs practice tests already aligned to the industry certifications key learning objectives
again. What we're trying to do here is we're trying to ensure that each user on our platform is prepared for the certification by providing them the option to utilize these different learning styles.
Now, one of the things that I wanted to do here is actually show you one of our certification courses. So you understand a little bit about the structure behind these courses.
So let's say come to a security plus, for example,
what you're able to see here is our multiple modality approach.
You can see that each of these courses have these three different activities comprised within them
videos, labs and practice tests. Right? And if I were to clicking into any one of these modules, you'll be able to see how these are all kind of weaved into one another.
At the end of the entire course, your employees will be able to end it off with a comprehensive practice test,
right to kind of see that they have
retained all of the knowledge through the security plus course
again, at the end of the day, this multiple modality approach the learning truly empowers your team to learn how they learn best.
So it's great now that we know that the content for the certification prep is all on this platform.
But how do you go and build some structure and guidance or, more importantly, a formidable certification prep program?
And that's really where our paths come into play.
Now Cyber. He offers a variety of different pre built pats and around certification courses around job training, a lot of different things on the platform.
But say, for example, I'm a manager and I want to ensure Chris, a junior analyst on my team, has a foundational knowledge he needs for the Committee of Security. Plus,
I can use this path,
or I can simply edit
and either custom build a path for Chris here.
And as I scroll down, I could see the path with The path has already consists off. But let's say before I even give Chris a company of Security Plus course,
I want to actually assign him a malware analysis related skill assessment.
I could simply just type in malware analysis,
get a skill assessment
and then place it before the course.
So what that's going to allow me to do is understand his skills around malware analysis as that's a core competency of the exam. And also
Aziz manager direct specific learning opportunities to supplement the certification course and put him in a better position to succeed.
So now that I've created the certification path and I've customize it to my teams need and Chris's needs, I can save it and then go ahead and proceed to assign it out to him.
I can pick a due date, obviously title that can t a security plus and assign it on Lee out to Chris.
But what about if you wanted to monitor Christmas progress, right? Once you've assigned your path,
you can go to our teams dashboard,
and you can get a high level overview of your team's progress and learning metrics.
If you're a manager with multiple teams on the platform, you can filter and review each team or departments learning and performance separately.
And as you scroll through the dashboard, you can see how we'll provide you metrics around learning hours, completed assignments. How we see use everyone's earn, which paths are popular and, of course, member activity, so you can see you know which folks are really putting in the time to develop their skills,
and you can also filter all of this by a time period. Course enrollments
scores top hands on labs assessments, so on and so forth.
But let's say you wanted to get super granular and you wanted to see how an individual employees performing on the platform.
You can go to our members dashboard where we will give you some. Even, I would say even more insight into how a specific team member is learning and progressing.
So let's say we click into Christmas members dashboard. You can see his own learning hours activities, interactions within the platform again, very similar metrics to the team dashboard. But this is truly just on the individual level for Chris here.
You can also view any additional learning to see if an employee is going kind of above and beyond on the platform and doing a little bit more than what they've been assigned
and all the way at the bottom. You can also see their certificates of completion.
Now remember where the dash work for Chris, the junior analysts that I mentioned before.
So let's say a few days have gone by and I wanted to kind of view have Chris is doing on the Committee of Security plus assignment.
If I scroll all the way up,
I'll see under assignments that come to your security plus assignment I had given him.
Now it looks like
Chris has completed a few of these video activities, and he's kind of teed up to take his first practice lab.
Now when it gets the point in this path where he takes his first certification practice, I'll also be able to see his score to see, you know, if he's been able to retain the information and has he actually learned the skill
At the end of the day, what we're trying to do through this entire process of providing structure and guidance is enhanced your certification preparation process. And we can do that by number one, making learning opportunities more easily accessible
to ensuring your team has the knowledge they need to attain critical certifications. And three building your team's confidence toe. Apply those learned skills from that cert on the job.
So I know we discussed a lot. We we've discussed industry certifications why they're important, the challenges organizations face and our approach for enhancing the certification preparation process
so again. I know it was a mouthful, but I definitely wanted to open it up to the floor to any questions you guys may have regarding some of the information. The things we covered. So, Ryan, if you could do me a favor and check and see if any questions I've come in, I'd be happy toe answer.
Absolutely. We have had a few questions. Come in, Ruda, Um really, really good ones. And might I say, I've seen this presentation a few times, and each time I learned something new, So kudos, my friend. So first question that we got Rueda is is my team able to take certification exams through the Sai Buri for teams platform?
So that's a great question, and it's a common question, but the answer is no. While Siberia for teams offered certification courses, virtual labs practice test, your team actually won't be able to take the certification exam on our platform. For that, you would have to go to the certification bodies.
A great question.
Question number two Ruda,
can you provide a little more insight into the certification? Cyber recovers?
Yeah, so you know, cyber for teams, we cover a lot of certifications. You saw some of those certification bodies like Conte. I sack. I see Square E C Council, Azure and Cisco, among others. Right. And we have that certification, prep material and resource is for a broad range of these certifications. Um, I
I think it's probably best if,
uh, an individual wanted to schedule an interactive walk through with one of our account executives. And we could definitely work with you to identify some of the right content for your specific needs, But, uh, some of those certification bodies that you saw, a lot of those shirts are covered on our platform.
Great point, Ruta. And for everyone out there that still tuned in and listening, we're gonna be sending around a way to actually schedule one of those interactive walk through. So stay tuned.
Question number three for you, Ruta, Can my team earned see EU credits for courses taken on the cyber? A platform?
Yeah, absolutely great question. I mean, when one of your team members that completes a course on the cyber for teams platform, they'll receive a certificate of continuing education completion on and then that can be uploaded or submitted to the relevant certification body.
Fourth question. Can I modify a certification course specifically for my team?
Yeah, so kind of we kind of walked through this in the in the webinar. But that's a That's a great question because while cyber has certification courses and they're curated by industry experts, you do have the ability to create your own path
where you have a certification course. And then you can add other related learning activities for your team, like I did for Chris around the malware analysis Skill assessment. So definitely,
and my fifth and last question that I have for your Ruta, I noticed that the skill assessments you selected for the certification path had a beta designation. What does that mean exactly?
Yeah, great question. So here at Sai Buri, we're constantly developing new tools, and resource is to help organizations find and close the cybersecurity skill gaps that you know exist among their teams and our Sai Buri Skill assessments really gauge your team's retention of critical skills and help to pinpoint where they should focus their learning
and these assessments which are built by our network of subject matter experts. They undergo a thorough
three phase review process they cover, you know the most in demand skills in the cybersecurity and I t Field. And unlike other assessment tools, Sai Buri skill assessments are constantly evolving to keep pace with emerging trends, with new and improved questions added every month. So your team always has the ability to take an assessment more than once,
um, to track their development
before and after the completion of the course.
Awesome. Thanks for answering all those questions. Ruta
and I want to thank everyone out there for attending our webinar as a token of our appreciation, we're pleased to extend you two very special offers.
First, you can unlock free early access to Sai Buri for teams today
by requesting an interactive walk through at w w w dot cyberia dot i t. Ford slash business.
Get a more in depth look into how we can help solve your specific problems
and give your team the opportunity to not only try a course,
work in a lab, take a practice test and give their thoughts
again to get your free early access. Simply go to www dot cyberia dot i t. You Excuse me cyberia dot i t slash Business
Boeing has also been included in the chat
and complete the requested demo form. A cyber. A representative will then reach out to help you get started, but that's not all.
For the first time ever, we're also giving you one month free with your purchase of Sai Buri for teams. So now is the time to act. Cyber is ready to help you enhance your team certification preparation process.
And if you have any other questions for Rueda, please feel free to reach out to him directly. We've included is linked in and email address in the chat window.
Thank you again for all your time today and we hope to see you on all of our future Webinars enjoy the rest of your day.