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Department of Labor Approval of Qualified/CyberSecurity Registered Apprenticeship Program

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May 31, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Security University (SU) is pleased to announce that the Virginia Apprenticeship Council and U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship approved its application for the SU Qualified/CyberSecurity Registered Apprenticeship Program of Mastery (Q/CyberSecurity RAP). The program addresses cybersecurity education and workforce using stacked cybersecurity certificates and credentials focused on mastery and competency. SU also became the first Registered "Intermediary Sponsor" in Virginia for its employer apprenticeship partners. "SU's Q/CyberSecurity RAP is an important component of the 2017 Presidential Executive Order, expanding apprenticeships to produce a qualified cybersecurity workforce," said Sondra Schneider, President of Security University. She continued, "The apprenticeships will produce an unrivaled cybersecurity workforce and cybersecurity-literate population. It is more important than ever to re-skill and up-skill the IT workforce to fill existing and new cybersecurity jobs. Expanding 80 years of apprenticeship programs to include cybersecurity addresses an important skills shortage and provides more American adults with cybersecurity skills and experience that employees and employer's value." According to there were 285,681 cybersecurity-related job openings from October 2016 - September 2017 (33,454 in Virginia alone). SU's Q/CyberSecurity RAP employers will hire work-ready apprentices for 12 or 24 month programs. "We are extremely excited to offer the Q/CyberSecurity RAP of Mastery to the National Capital Region," said Schneider, "For nearly 20 years, SU has prepared the IT workforce to become highly skilled and qualified cybersecurity professional's to lead all cyber missions." The Q/CyberSecurity RAP helps military, veterans, women, un/under employed and incumbent workforce obtain cybersecurity certificates and credentials that lead to employment and advancement in CyberSecurity. Eligible apprentices may use the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds for classes, CH31 veterans with education benefits may fund 100% of their Certificate class fees. Security University continues to build on the 1st hands-on Cybersecurity Certificate Program of Mastery (SCHEV Certified to Operate and MSA- CESS Accredited) with nearly 100% student success that has led to more than 27,000 alumni in fulltime cybersecurity employment and earning four industry recognized cybersecurity certifications. SU expects to enroll 350-500 cybersecurity apprentices in 2018. About Security University: Security University is the nation's leading providers of Qualified Hands-On CyberSecurity Programs of Mastery Education and Certifications for IT Security Professionals. Skills not Scores. For more information on Security University contact us at 1-877-357-7744 or

In 1999 SU provided the first Hands-on Information Security training classes. Many training companies have follow the SU path of hands-on training. Today SU has over 8500 grads in CWNA™/ CWSP™, CEH®/ Q/SH, ECSA®/ Q/SA,& CHFI®/ Q/FE.


SU has assisted over 27000 information security professional gain certifications in CISSP®, security+,Q/EH, Q/SA - Q/PTL and C&A now RMF.. PKI and so much more!.

Since 2002, Security University has trained over 5200 CWNP™ wireless grads through 2007.

In 2000, SU was the first to provide Software Security Training with hands-on labs.

In 2007, the Q/ISP, Q/IAP & Q/SSE credentials classes were approved by NSA CNSS.. which satisfies the 8570 C1.4.4.13. Ensure personnel performing IA functions on national security systems meet the Committee on National Security Systems training requirements. This is in addition to the requirements of this (8570) Manual.

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Dec 1, 2015 Security University Receives Notification of Regional Accreditation by Middle States Association, Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools MSA- CESS

Security University (SU) is excited to announce its status as an official
OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION OF ACCREDITATION Dec 2016 - Ms. Sondra Schneider CEO Security University 12001 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 203 Reston, VA 20191 Dear Ms. Schneider: It is my pleasure to inform you that, at its February 2016 meeting the Executive Committee for the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools voted to award the following to Security University, grades PS: ACCREDITATION Sincerely, Henry G. Cram Ed.D, President, Middle States Association, Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools

May 2010 Security University Receives 2010 "Best of Stamford" Award

2010 Best of Stamford AwardFor the second consecutive year, Security University has been selected for the 2010 Best of Stamford Award in the Computer Security Education & Certification Services category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

January 2010 Intense School Closes, Students Get Free Tuition From Security University

The recent announcement that Vigilar's Intense School has suddenly closed its doors has left many of the school's students and instructors in a state of shock. On the heels of this news, Security University announced that it is offering free tuition for Intense School students who have paid (or partially paid) for a class but did not receive their training. Click here to learn more.

Security University is committed to you - don't lose your training dollars! Contact us at 877-357-7744.

August 2009 Security University Partners with Security Constructs

Security ConstructsSecurity University is proud to announce it's new partnership with Security Constructs, LLC. Security Constructs is internationally recognized for High Value writing, speaking, consulting and instruction in the information security and project management spaces.

"Security University prides itself in providing the very best hands on training for a wide range of security disciplines, including but not limited to ethical hacking, penetration testing, wireless, network defense, secure software development and digital forensics," says Tom Bowers, Managing Director of Security Constructs. "Additionally they have partnered with to provide the gold standard in CISSP training."

To learn more about Security Constructs, click here.

December 2008 Security University Named Finalist in 2009 SC Magazine Awards Program

Security University, Inc., the World Leader in Hands-on Information Security Certifications and Education, best known for the “Q/ISP”, Qualified/ Information Security Professional Certification for IT and Security Professionals, has been named a finalist in the 2009 SC Awards program for outstanding achievement in Information Technology (IT) security. Security University was named in the Best Professional Training Program of the Professional Award competition, which honors best-in-class security training.

Security University was selected from more than 600 entries submitted in more than 30 technology categories. A panel of readers that represent the circulation of SC Magazine will choose winners. IT-security vendor companies nominate entries for consideration in the SC Awards program, which are judged by a panel of 18 chief information security officers at major corporations and large public sector organizations.

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July 2008 Security certification rules could shake up IT management

Requirements for professional security certification for information technology workers in civilian agencies, now being readied by the Office of Management and Budget, would have a major impact on how government and industry recruit, train and manage their IT staffs, a security expert said Wednesday.

“They are going to affect every one of us in the field,” contractors and government employees, said George Datesman, a senior manager at Noblis Inc., a nonprofit high-tech consultant.

Datesman — who holds a master’s degree in criminology and has 30 years experience in law enforcement including a stint with the Justice Department — said at a Digital Government Institute conference on cybersecurity that OMB is finalizing minimum requirements for professional certification. He had no time frame for their release.

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June 2008 Innovation, Leadership and Collaboration in Information Security Plays Critical Role in Organizations' Success

Top IT Executives in the Mid-Atlantic Region Recognized for Their Achievements

Information Security Executive (ISE) of the Year Mid-Atlantic Awards 2008Executive Alliance, creator and provider of premium leadership recognition forums and events worldwide, announced today the winners of the Information Security Executive (ISE) Mid-Atlantic Awards 2008.

The Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City, Washington, DC was the place to be on the evening of Thursday, June 12, 2008, where industry leaders and project teams in the Mid-Atlantic region in government, academic and the commercial sectors were honored for their achievements in information security and the change they are bringing to their organizations.

The Information Security Executive and Project of the Year awards are given to deserving candidates for positive contributions to their organizations and outstanding accomplishments to the industry through risk management, data asset protection, regulatory compliance, privacy, and information security.

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March 2008  

8570 Training & Continuing Ed Training C1.4.4.13. Ensure personnel performing IA functions on national security systems meet the Committee on National Security Systems training requirements. This is in addition to the requirements of this Manual.
EC-Council CEH®, ECSA®, LPT®, CHFI® do NOT meet CNSS training requirements. ONLY SECURITY UNIVERSITY Classes are approved.

Qualified Information Security Professional performance-based credential approved by CNSS!

Committee on National Security Systems

The NSA's (IACE) Committee has certified Security University's classes CNSS-approved (Committee on National Security Systems) for 4011 and 4016.

listed below are CNSS-approved classes that satisfy the 8570 training and CPE requirement C1.4.4.13
Q/ISP Qualified Information Security Professional Classes - Q/SA, Q/PTL, Q/SH, Q/EP, Q/FE,
Q/IAP Qualified Information Assurance Professional Classes

Q/SSE - Qualified Software Security Expert Classes
CWNA & CWSP Wireless Professional Classes

February 2008  

Security University participates on development of NOCA National Standard for Assessment-Based Certificate Standard - Continues to Move Forward

The NOCA Standards Committee developing the national standard for assessment-based certificate programs held its first conference call on February 8, 2008 and will be meeting at NOCA headquarters on February 20, 2008 to further develop the draft standard.  For those interested in participating on the Committee or receiving information related to the project please send your contact information to .  Additional information on the project can be found by clicking here



November 2007 SU QISP, QIAP & QSSE credentials are approved by the IACE!

Qualified/ Information Security Professional SU's new performance-based credential has been approved by the NSA!

Committee on National Security Systems

The Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Committee has certified Security University's classes curricula to The Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) Standard(s) 4011 and 4016.

January 2005 Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership - Sondra J. Schneider, Founder and CEO Security University, Inc.


"A dynamic entrepreneur who has successfully built her own security training business, she is a nationally respected authority in the I.T. security field. An 18 year industry veteran, she wanted to bring the "Hands-On training to her network and security peers. Her quest to build informed, knowledgeable security professionals has taken her around the world. She has done a tremendous amount of work over the years to educate executives and companies nationally and worldwide about how to better secure and protect their IT networks. She is the epitome of the hard working entrepreneur that has grown and succeeded."


March 2004 Core Security Technologies and Security University Partner to Deliver Penetration Testing Training

Leading Training Institution to Add CORE IMPACT to its Worldwide Curriculum

Core Security Technologies, provider of CORE IMPACT, the first-to-market penetration testing product for assessing specific information security risks, announced today that it has partnered with Security University, the leading hands-on information security curriculum and content developer, to deliver penetration testing training classes worldwide. Under the terms of this agreement Security University will integrate CORE IMPACT into several of its training courses. Information technology professionals from around the world will now have greater access to CORE IMPACT, the first commercial grade penetration testing product.

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January 2004 COMNET® Conference & Expo
  As the first major networking conference on the calendar, COMNET Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C. delivers the insights, information and experiences with new technologies to help IT professionals make informed decisions for their networks.

The networking landscape is changing fundamentally. As the first event of the year to examine the most critical issues facing the networking industry, COMNET Conference & Expo will enable you to make informed technology evaluations and purchasing decisions for the year ahead. COMNET '04 will demonstrate how wireless, security, VoIP, WAN and the data center are redefining how business is done.

September 2003 Security University Delivers CWNA™/CWSP™ Boot Camp
  Security University Joins CWNP™ Education Partner Program to Deliver CWNA™/CWSP™ Boot Camp; Security University Joins the CWNP™ Authorized Courseware Program
August 2002 Sondra Schneider featured in Fast

Security University Founder and CEO, Sondra Schneider featured in Fast August issue.

by Linda Tischler, photographs by Michael Lewis, from FC issue 61, page 42

No Security "Are you secure? How do you know?" That's the slightly paranoid slogan of a new training academy, run by Sondra Schneider, that's devoted to keeping corporate data safe in an unsafe world. Now, if only her students would talk to us
It's a dreary day in Georgetown, with rain lashing at the windows of the Marriott Conference Center. Inside Salon H, a group of government employees is paying rapt attention as Sondra Schneider, a small woman with an arsenal of electronic gadgetry, charges through a presentation on the technologies that will soon make computer passwords obsolete.

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  Past Sondra Schneider Articles


SC Magazine August 99 - Cover Story
PKI Evolution to Application

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Security Training Feature

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The Rancor of Infosecurity Recruitment


April 8 2002 Cyber Attacks Are Up

Cyber Attacks Are Up But Not Reported An FBI survey indicates that most businesses have been victims of cyberattacks, but few have chosen to contact law enforcement officials largely because they feared bad PR.