Firm grows its portfolio with innovative cybersecurity training for government organizations
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 5, 2013 – Winvale, a premier government solutions provider in the United States, today announced it has extended its distribution agreement with the CyberCenter at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), a recognized leader in cybersecurity education and training, for sales in government markets through Winvale’s General Services Administration (GSA) schedule.
By partnering with Winvale, AACC’s cybersecurity training resources are available to customers in the public sector through the GSA schedule procurement process. Winvale channel partners can leverage the contract to sell products to government customers even if they do not hold a GSA contract of their own. This agreement opens up additional markets for the company while also providing the CyberCenter with the opportunity to fulfill government orders they may not otherwise have qualified to provide.
“For more than 10 years, we’ve offered proven solutions to the public sector in many areas, including training, and we feel that training solutions like those provided by AACC’s CyberCenter that help organizations build and maintain their cybersecurity workforce are ideal additions to the GSA schedule,” said Kevin Lancaster, Winvale managing partner. “Protecting data and the ability to react appropriately when compromises do occur is so mission-critical for public sector organizations, it is important that they have a cost-effective way to build and maintain a workforce with the right kind of knowledge, skills and abilities. AACC’s CyberCenter training is just the kind of solution that our government customers require.”
“AACC’s CyberCenter addresses a wide range of training needs, including baseline Cybersecurity Awareness, Network+ Preparation, Security+ Preparation, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Preparation, Certified Ethical Hacking Preparation, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Preparation and Cyber Forensics training. Our training not only helps employees prepare for industry certifications where applicable, but also helps them build the knowledge, skills and abilities to do the job when they get back to the workplace. Companies in the public sector in particular need a solution to help build technical capacity in these areas,” said Kip Kunsman, director of AACC’s CyberCenter. “Our solution is very complementary to the training solutions already offered through Winvale. This partnership expands our distribution channel and provides AACC with the opportunity to implement cybersecurity training solutions that are required to build a well-trained, highly-skilled cybersecurity workforce through the GSA.”
Understanding that a one-size-fits-all approach to training does not work for government customers, the CyberCenter offers a variety of options, including exclusive contract sections that can be purchased for a government organization and its affiliates. Exclusive contract sections also allow flexible scheduling where courses can be delivered outside of the traditional semester format and accelerated where possible. Organizations also may select from various learning formats, including face-to-face, online or a combination of both, all with instructor-led, hands-on or self-directed labs.
Another benefit that government customers can expect from AACC is location choice for instructor-led training. AACC’s cybersecurity training can be delivered at one of AACC’s locations, the customer’s site or at a mutually agreed upon location if the appropriate technology is available. AACC’s training locations include a state-of-the-art training facility just miles from Fort George G. Meade that includes 13 specialized labs equipped to deliver technology training, network management, network security, Cisco networking, network penetration and defense and cyber forensics, as well as other types of cybersecurity training. The training facility also includes an on-site testing center at which participants can sit for related industry certification exams. The CyberCenter’s training courses are available through the CyberCenter Vendor Store on the Winvale website.
About Anne Arundel Community College’s CyberCenter
Every organization needs a skilled cybersecurity workforce. AACC’s CyberCenter is dedicated to developing highly knowledgeable, highly skilled cybersecurity professionals to support government and industry workforce needs. The AACC CyberCenter has the capacity and experience required to deliver cybersecurity training solutions that work for your organization. AACC is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education (CAE2Y) as designated by the National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is the first academic institution to be designated as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). For more information, visit the cybercenter webpage.
Winvale is a government sales consultancy and leading adviser on business strategy and procurement. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Winvale provides expertise to those companies seeking to conduct business with federal, state and local governments. Winvale also offers channel-friendly reseller services designed to help companies reach government buyers quickly by allowing those companies to place their products and services on its existing contract vehicles. Winvale’s client portfolio includes many small emerging firms as well as Fortune 500 and international companies. For more information, visit the webpage.