Academic Partnership

Partnership Offers Cyber Certifications to 7,000+ Academic Institutions

VitalSource Partnership

Phase2 Advantage has partnered with VitalSource’s digital content publishing platform to offer cyber security training and certification capabilities to students around the globe. 2020 will be a very exciting time for the discipline of Cyber Security.

VitalSource, a subsidiary of the Ingram Content Group (Ingram Publishing), provides digital academic resources to over 7,000 academic institutions around the globe in support of their academic degree and professional development programs.

Phase2 Advantage, a cyber security training and certification agency, will now be publishing exam prep guide and study materials in formats consistent with VitalSource content delivery guidelines for academic institutions utilizing this service.

What does this mean, and how does this benefit cyber security degree offerings and certification programs?

Last year, VitalSource delivered over 20 million titles to 5.7 million students and 1 million faculty. These learners and educators read over 2.4 billion pages, created 177 million annotations and searched their content library over 66 million times. That’s learning data at scale.

In 2020, the millions of students and faculty using this academic platform will also have access to Phase2 Advantage educational content and resources. It doesn’t stop there:

Students and faculty will also have access to proctored Phase2 cyber security certification exams, all approved and listed on the website.

Higher Education + Industry Certification = Increased Probability of Success Outcome

Students attending any of the 7,000+ institutions offering cyber security degree programs which incorporate Phase2 Advantage materials will be authorized to sit for proctored certification exams without having to attend the associated 5-day certification training program.

The objective is to provide students graduating from accredited degree programs the opportunity to earn recognized certifications that will assist their transition into the emerging cyber security employment market.

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may
remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”
Chinese Proverb

VitalSource educational content is accessible by computer, tablet, and mobile devices; the VitalSource Bookshelf platform is compatible with Mac’s and PC’s, as well as iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Chromebook devices.

Those of us involved in various technology disciplines all have a part to play in the success of those aspiring to follow in our footsteps. The challenges we are facing in this modern age are increasing exponentially, leaving those of us facing the “wave of change” with 3 distinct choices: get hit by the wave, ride the wave, or be the wave.

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. BE THE WAVE.


FACULTY & STAFF: Access your VitalSource Management Portal to add Phase2 Advantage cyber security course Exam Prep Guides to your Library. Sampling has been enabled for all eligible faculty and staff.

STUDENTS: Copy and paste the instructions listed above and send them to your assigned faculty. They will know how to access and sample the course materials.

Michael I. Kaplan is a Corporate Information Security Consultant, certified Cyber Security Instructor, and the Director of Operations for Phase2 Advantage with 21 years of experience in the security industry.

His technical areas of specialization are Digital and Network Forensics, Cyber Threat Intelligence, and Disaster and Incident Response Planning. Michael also possesses a high degree of subject matter expertise regarding conformance to Cyber Security Frameworks (CSF) and provides consulting services for clients regarding the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.

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