Phase2 Advantage: We Support the Military Affiliate Community
Phase2 Advantage: A Veteran-Owned Company

We're proud to serve
those who have served.

Phase2 Advantage: Thank You for Your Military Service
We Support the Military Affiliate Community

We'd like to offer you a 15% discount on
ALL cyber security certification courses.

Phase2 Advantage: A Veteran-Owned Company
From One Veteran to Another:

Thank you for your service
and your sacrifice.


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We Support the Military Affiliate Community

Phase2 Advantage supports the military affiliate community, and actively encourages its members to pursue careers in cyber security.  Our support of this community — Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, Retired or Veteran — is genuine.  Our company doesn’t take this position because it’s trendy, fashionable, or a great public relations opportunity for marketing and sales.  We hold firmly to the belief that when it comes to supporting our brothers and sisters in uniform, it’s an absolute obligation.  Why?


Phase2 Advantage is a Veteran-Owned Company

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The founder of Phase2 Advantage, Michael I. Kaplan, is a military veteran.  Michael served honorably in the US Army 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and spent the majority of his time deployed in Latin America as an expert in Soviet special operations and tactics.  He’s an advocate for veteran issues and regularly supports a number of military affiliate community causes.  Michael is the author of, “The Prior-Service Entrepreneur: Veteran Entrepreneurship and Lean Business Start-Up,” an Amazon Bestseller used by many university business programs, and originally written for the US Navy’s reintegration program in Norfolk, VA.


Phase2 Advantage Believes in the Military Affiliate Community's Potential

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From the Phase2 Founder: Your military experience has made you a special breed apart from your counterparts. Your experience has prepared you to face unforeseen challenges, overcome insurmountable odds, and demonstrate leadership in a wide variety of environments. Your dedication to training, ability to accept responsibility, and unrelenting commitment to achieving objectives demonstrates the strength of your character.

Despite extraordinary risk, you choose to serve your country with distinction, realizing the potential reward for your patriotism may ultimately be the sacrifice of your life. It will always be a part of you; it will shape your mindset, perceptions, and responses forever. Your military experience has also created for you a less noticeable benefit: it has made you an ideal candidate for a career in cyber security.

It is crucial to understand that despite the obstacles – overcoming commonly held myths and the natural apprehension of acclimating to a highly technological environment – you have both the capacity and the ability to pursue a cyber security path and achieve success.

More importantly, it is imperative to believe you have the power to do so. Given the imposed challenges of modern culture, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. When you believe you have the power to succeed in this technological realm, you’re actually affirming a sense of control that cannot be taken away from you. The power over one’s mindset is never taken away; it is always relinquished freely.

You don’t need to be told that twice. Your experience proves that every time you put on a uniform and prepare your mindset for battle in defense of America’s freedoms.

The thing that differentiates you from the pack is not your creativity, brilliance, or pedigree. What makes you inherently different is your refusal to relinquish your power to succeed and renounce your dreams. When other people quit in the face of challenges, you don’t.

Your country is calling you again. Seize the moment, act with intentionality, and conquer the challenge of cyber security certification training as you’ve conquered other challenges in your military past: successfully.

Courses Relevant to DOD 8570

All cyber certification courses offered by Phase2 Advantage provide a high level of value for students.  However, three specific courses are particularly relevant to the Military Affiliate Community, as they map to the DOD 8570 (Baseline Certifications for Information Assurance).  The full course descriptions are listed below.


The Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer certification course has been validated by the NSA for CNSSI-4016, National Information Assurance Training Standards for Risk Analysis. This course maps to ISO 22301 Lead Auditor and Implementer. CPE credit for this course is often used to renew the now discontinued CNSSI-4016.


The Certified Information Systems Security Manager certification course is offered both as a standalone certification, and as a prep course for the CISM. The CISM maps to the DOD 8570 IAM Level III. The course also maps to ISO 27001 Lead Auditor and/or Implementer.


The Certified Information Systems Security Officer certification course is offered both as a standalone certification, and as a prep course for the CISSP. The CISSP maps to the DOD 8570 IASAE III. The course has also been validated by the NSA for CNSSI-4012, National Information Assurance Training Standard for Senior System Managers and NSTISSI-4011, National Training Standard for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC).

Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer

Phase2 Advantage: Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer

Business Continuity and Disaster Response / Recovery is the process of preparing processes, policies, and procedures that follow in the event of a significant and unplanned operational disruption. The Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer training course prepares students for industry certification in Business Continuity planning and Disaster Recovery missions.

As businesses face a wide range of daily risks – including cyber-attacks, human error, technical failures, and natural disasters – it’s vital they create practical plans to sustain their security posture, financial health, and industry / brand reputation to maintain long-term success.  Information Security personnel with proper training and practical knowledge in Disaster Response and Recovery planning can prove to be valuable assets to any organization with these goals.  This course will provide students with 20 learning objectives supporting a knowledge base of industry best practices, and practical field training components to equip them to apply this knowledge in their own environment.

Certified Information Systems Security Manager

Phase2 Advantage: Certified Information Systems Security Manager

The Certified Information Systems Security Manager certification course provides students with the knowledge and industry best practices required to identify and analyze potential threats and risks posed to modern information systems.  Given the wide range of technology-enabled components comprising modern security programs, the Information Security professional must be able to practically apply these skills within Administrative, Technological, and Operational contexts.

The course content is divided into five primary categories with which anyone in a security leadership position should have significant competency: Policy Development and Governance, Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance, Information Security Program Development and Management, Network Security Controls and Architecture, and Incident Handling and Response.  Topics within these five categories will include 20 critical learning objectives.  In addition, students will also be presented with information regarding Business Continuity and Disaster Response / Recovery.

Certified Information Systems Security Officer

Phase2 Advantage: Certified Information Systems Security Officer

The Certified Information Systems Security Officer certification course addresses a wide variety and range of industry best practices, experiential knowledge, and core information security competencies expected of every CISO or Security Manager. In this comprehensive course covering 20 distinct and well-established domains, students will be presented with in-depth theories regarding the practical implementation of foundational Information Security concepts.

Using a risk-based approach, the student will have the capability to implement and maintain cost-effective security management programs directly aligned with both the business process and industry best practices.  Examples of some of the topics covered in this challenging but rewarding course include: Identification, Authentication, and Access Control; Network Protocols, Devices, and Security Architecture; Cryptography, VPN, and Wireless Technology; Database and Software Development Security; and, Security Models and Evaluation Criteria.

Training Discounts

Phase2 Advantage offers a 15% discount to members of the Military Affiliate Community (Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, Retired or Veteran).  To request a training quote with discounted rates, please feel free to contact us at

A FREE Copy for Military Affiliate Students

A free copy of The Prior-Service Entrepreneur will be made available to all Phase2 students who are members of the Military Affiliate Community. Don’t let the title mislead you; this book was written for anyone with a passion to succeed in any profession. From the publisher:

In this highly inspirational book, Kaplan uses a unique approach that combines optimal mindset with experiential leadership to provide you with the greatest opportunity for success. His 30 years of successful military and business experience lays a solid foundation to provide exacting strategies for both personal and professional development. He offers an in-depth approach to taking control of your life and successfully reach the goals you set for yourself despite any obstacles you believe stand in your way. The Prior-Service Entrepreneur is MUCH more than a book for starting a business; it provides valuable insights into life skills, job readiness and mastering your competitive advantage. It will show you how to overcome personal challenges, increase confidence, and reinvigorate your sense of purpose.

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