EXETER, RI, Oct. 16, 2019 | National Cybersecurity Awareness Month — NWN Carousel, a leading national IT, managed services, and cloud provider with an unwavering focus on ensuring customer success, today announced that more than a dozen Carousel engineering and IT professionals comprise the company’s inaugural graduating class of comprehensive cybersecurity training.

As part of an ongoing initiative within Carousel to strengthen a Culture of Cybersecurity and Secure by Design philosophy, the class participated in the industry-leading ethical hacker and auditing training, which focuses on the most modern security threats and advanced attack vectors, and provides real-world simulations of the latest techniques, best practices, tools, and security measures. The training was led by Carousel’s Manuel Lobao, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), ECSA (EC-Council Certified Security Analyst), and Senior Manager of Information Security, and Emilio Teixeira, Network Security Engineer.

Based on the highly-regarded CEH curriculum, the Carousel training covered the most up-to-date techniques in the security field, including Foot Printing and Reconnaissance, Scanning Networks, Vulnerability Analysis, System Hacking, Social Engineering, Session Hijacking and Evading IDS, Firewalls, and Honeypots. The CEH holds accreditations from National Security Agency (NSA), Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), and the Department of Veterans Affairs. This coursework was also accepted into the National Infocomm Competency Framework and is now the gold standard certification for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. Cyber Defenders Program.

“Given the tremendous demand for next-generation of cybersecurity talent, the ongoing development and advancement of these skills has become critical in order to ensure our customers’ success,” said Jason Albuquerque, CISO, Carousel.  “It is imperative that organizations in all industries, but particularly in technology services, embrace this critical challenge and prioritize real-world skills training. This is the essence of Carousel’s cybersecurity skills training initiative and we congratulate the ‘graduating class’ of 2019 on attaining this great achievement to best serve our customers.” 

With the training now completed, Carousel has added more than a dozen cybersecurity professionals, evangelists, advocates, and voices for security throughout the organization. As additional projects are implemented for Carousel customers, these cross-trained team members may be called upon for either internal or customer-facing cybersecurity program activities. With this training, team members have strengthened their engineering security skills and will stay security-focused no matter the work they are performing.