Fund aimed to assist with developing cybersecurity course curriculum and to increase cybersecurity presence in education
KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced a new donation agreement with St. Petersburg College (SPC) to form a the KnowBe4 Cyber Resiliency Program Fund aimed to assist with developing a cybersecurity course curriculum and to increase cybersecurity presence in education overall.
As part of this donation agreement, St. Petersburg College will begin offering the Cybersecurity Micro-credential, which is a three-stage credentialing program that offers participants the opportunity to gain cybersecurity skills needed in today’s workforce. SPC views this new program as an opportunity to increase opportunities for its current students, those post-graduation and even faculty/staff of the college. KnowBe4 has provided access for SPC to the diamond-level subscription to its security awareness training as the building blocks for these new certificates that can be earned: Cyber Aware, Cyber Ready and Cyber Resilient.
“At KnowBe4, we are constantly looking for new ways to support and make charitable contributions to our local community,” said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4. “A great way to accomplish that is to connect with local educational institutions in the Tampa Bay area to increase opportunities for students looking for jobs in all fields because cybersecurity has become an important part of most careers. We look forward to playing an active role in helping to create more opportunities for people in all fields to learn about cybersecurity and enter the workforce ready to be part of the organization’s human firewall.”
“KnowBe4 has been a wonderful partner, not only by funding this creative endeavor, but by also providing guidance and support as we developed the program together,” said Dr. John Duff, dean, St. Petersburg College. “This program provides St. Petersburg College employees and students the opportunity to earn Micro-credentials by working through a series of courses using KnowBe4’s world-class training platform. Badges are awarded upon completion of each stage. This not only helps improve the security posture of St. Petersburg College as employees participate, but also provides a way for students to demonstrate their commitment to being cyber-resilient to their future employers. The program has already proven to be popular, as over 100 individuals have participated in the initial offering.”
For more information on the Cybersecurity Micro-credential program, visit https://www.spcollege.edu/future-students/degrees-training/technology/cybersecurity/cybersecurity-micro-credential-program. For more information on KnowBe4, visit www.knowbe4.com.
KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 37,000 organizations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist, Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud, and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. Kevin Mitnick, an internationally recognized cybersecurity specialist and KnowBe4's Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organizations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilize their end users as their last line of defense.