Feb 23, 2020

CompTIA Focuses on the Human Element in Cybersecurity at RSA

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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Feb. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire...

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Feb. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- CompTIA, the leading trade association for the global information technology (IT) industry, will stress the critical importance of the human element in cybersecurity when it exhibits next week at the RSA Conference 2020, the world's leading information security conference and exposition.

CompTIA is exhibiting in Booth #3108 throughout the conference, which runs from February 24 through 28 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

"We plan to emphasize the critical nature of the human element in building strong organizational cyber defenses," said Dr. James Stanger, chief technology evangelist at CompTIA. "Human error remains the leading cause of security incidents, yet too many companies continue to come up short in educating and training their employees in the best cybersecurity practices. We're taking steps in our educational offerings, with new learning options and hand-on training, to move the needle in this area in ways that no other education provider has tried."

Only 44% of companies feel that their business staff have an ideal level of security expertise, according to CompTIA's latest security research.1 This despite the fact that 75% of companies provide cybersecurity training for their general workforce.

More education, training and professional certification among IT staff is needed as well, according to Stanger, especially as businesses recognize that cybersecurity should be treated as a dedicated, separate focus rather than one of many components in an IT strategy.

At RSA 2020 CompTIA will highlight its suite of four cybersecurity certifications for technology professionals: CompTIA Security+, which validates the baseline skills needed to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career; CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+), which applies behavioral analytics to networks and devices to prevent, detect and combat cybersecurity threats; CompTIA PenTest+, for cybersecurity professionals tasked with penetration testing and vulnerability management; and CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+), intended for technical professionals who wish to remain immersed in technology as opposed to strictly managing.

CompTIA's Federal Cybersecurity Advocacy practice will attend RSA alongside in-country cybersecurity experts from Australia, Colombia, Denmark, Mexico, Taiwan and Vietnam to discuss current challenges and opportunities. CompTIA will meet with key U.S. policymakers to discuss ongoing initiatives on IoT security and data protection, among other topics.

RSA attendees are invited to stop by the CompTIA booth (#3108) to:

  • Learn about the new CompTIA Cybersecurity Pathway.
  • Discuss CompTIA research about the ideal learning tools and methods for every generation of IT professional in the workforce.
  • Test-drive CompTIA CertMaster learning products, with options available for wherever you are in your certification xam preparation journey.
  • Engage through mini-sessions and demos on cybersecurity tools and techniques.
  • Scan your conference badge to enter our certification exam voucher raffle.
  • Join us during the Welcome Reception on Monday night for a meet-and-greet and a chance to pick up some fun swag.
  • Join us for Security Jeopardy throughout the week with fun giveaways.
  • Speak with James on Wednesday, Feb. 26, as he broadcasts from the RSA floor.
  • On Student Day at RSA learn more about the CompTIA Instructor Network and CompTIA student memberships. We'll also raffle off some fun items for students like Raspberry Pi computers and study guides.

Do you have a CompTIA certification or are you curious about our certifications and training? Stop by our booth #3108 and tell us about your experience or learn all about how CompTIA certifications help ensure your IT staff has the validated skills necessary to protect your organization. Visit https://www.comptia.org/blog/event-join-comptia-at-rsa for more information.

About CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5.2 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world's economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce.

CompTIA is the global leader in vendor-neutral technical certifications in skills ranging from IT support and networking, to cybersecurity and cloud computing. More than 2.6 million CompTIA certifications have been awarded to technology professionals around the world. Operating in more than 100 countries, CompTIA works closely with thousands of academic, training and content partners to ensure students and professionals have the tools they need to enter and excel in the tech workforce. Visit www.comptia.org to learn more.


Steven Ostrowski
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1 CompTIA, Cybersecurity for Digital Operations, September 2019 https://www.comptia.org/content/research/cybersecurity-for-digital-operations


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