About the Company
Phase2 Advantage was founded in 2014 to provide instructional design and professional development training to corporate, academic and military organizations. Based in the historic city of Savannah, Georgia, the company’s mission and client base have continued to expand both domestically and abroad.
In 2015, the company was contracted by the Virginia Community College System to create a course curriculum for transitioning military personnel in the U.S. Navy’s Reintegration Program. This required the creation of a wide range of training materials — textbooks, workbooks, and presentation media — adding a publishing function to its list of capabilities.
In 2016, the U.S. Navy content was reformatted for academic and business communities. The textbooks and workbooks were made available through major booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-A-Million. Professional development programs were created for corporate organizations, and more
than 30 academic institutions incorporated the content into existing classes. In 2015, the materials were published on Ingram’s VitalSource™ digital platform, allowing the materials to be made available to undergraduate and graduate programs in six countries.
In 2016, Phase2 Advantage realigned its training mission to focus on Information Technology, with a specific focus on cyber security certification courses. The company partnered with Mile2, a NICCS-approved certification company based in Tampa, Florida, and became an Authorized Training Center for more than 20 Mile2 cyber security certification courses. Additionally, Phase2 partnered with the Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia to provide students attending courses with a state-of-the-art training environment, for both the classroom and online training formats. For more information regarding our training facility, please see the links provided below.
Phase2 Advantage provides NICCS-approved cyber security training, creates supplemental training materials for existing course certifications, and is developing its own proprietary certifications in the areas of Business Continuity / Disaster Response, Information Security Management, and Information Technology Risk Management. We predict 2020 will bring many new training capabilities and a wide range of additional certifications that will benefit any organization recognizing the need for strong cyber security programs.
About the Founder
Michael I. Kaplan is a Corporate Information Security Consultant, a certified Cyber Security Instructor, and a passionate advocate for military veteran issues with 21 years of experience in the security industry. His technical areas of specialization are IT Business Continuity / Disaster Response Planning, Information Security Management, and Information Technology Risk Management.
Michael also possesses a high degree of subject matter expertise in NICE Cybersecurity Framework implementations, HIPAA Compliance (HITECH, GAPP), NIST SP 800 Series, ISO 27000 Series, PCI-DSS, SSAE 16 (SOC1, SOC2), and FedRAMP (moderate, high).
Michael’s career includes the US Army’s 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Lead Investigator on an international fugitive task force, an Executive Protection Specialist for Fortune 500 companies, and an IT security consultant for numerous companies both in the US and abroad.
Industry Training Certifications
In the Phase2 Advantage role as an Authorized Training Center for Mile2, Michael I. Kaplan, a certified Cyber Security Instructor, is authorized to teach the following courses to students seeking Mile2 certifications:
Certified Information Security Management Systems – Lead Implementer
Certified Information Security Management Systems – Lead Auditor
Information Systems Certification and Accreditation Professional
Certified Healthcare Information Systems Security Practitioner
Certified Information Systems Security Manager
Certified Information Systems Security Auditor
Certified Information Systems Security Officer
Certified Information Systems Risk Manager
Certified Secure Web Application Engineer
Information Systems 20 Controls (IS20)
Certified Penetration Testing Engineer
Certified Network Forensics Examiner
Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer
Certified Professional Ethical Hacker
Certified Incident Handling Engineer
Certified Security Leadership Officer
Certified Digital Forensics Examiner
Certified Cyber Security Instructor
Certified Vulnerability Assessor
Additional Company Information
Our Training Facility
Our state-of-the-art training facility in Darien, Georgia, can comfortably seat 75 students. Located just two minutes from I-95.
Our Training Philosophy
Providing students with this level of experiential knowledge serves to bridge the gap between classroom theory and operational reality.
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