Imagine being fresh out of a training program and eager to apply all that you have learned but being left on your own to do so. You’d most likely be set up to fail. Yet many companies operate this way. And that is why the apprenticeships that are part of our program are so important. These give our students the opportunity to put their skills and knowledge to the test before “flying solo” in a new job. In this phase of the program, students gain the confidence and experience that make them able to be proficient on day one of a new job.
Hands On Client Experience
The Apprenticeship combined with the NextCISO Academy is a six month remote learning program that leverages a customized curriculum based on the technologies, cybersecurity frameworks and processes utilized by local organizations committed to hiring program graduates.
There are three tracks that our students can follow. The track they select will depend on their experience level coming into the program. Following 6 – 8 weeks of training, they are placed with clients in apprenticeship positions, giving them the opportunity to train for a particular role by building actual cybersecurity capabilities for those clients.
This program is for senior directors looking to move into executive leadership. The Virtual CISO gets the opportunity to leverage their executive training in the NextCISO school to manage a 21+ person organization – including the budget and program build-out for 4 clients during a 6-month apprenticeship.
This program is for middle managers looking to grow their careers into director and VP level roles. The Virtual BISOs will leverage their team management training to manage a team of approximately 5 junior security analysts for a program build-out for a single client over 6 months.
Junior GRC Analyst
This program is for career changers with little to no technical experience looking to enter the cybersecurity industry. The junior analysts apply their skills to perform risk assessments and audits, as well as build and implement security processes and documentation.
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Words from our alumni
I would say you need a lot of dedication to get through this program. You interact with a lot of wonderful people in this program and you get to see a lot of different angles of cybersecurity. I didn’t even know what GRC was when I entered the program and I got a really amazing education on it through NextCISO. The client work was key; you do not see anything like this in college programs. I learned team building skills, project management skills, and communication skills. My favorite part of the program is that we were allowed to fail and use those failures to learn from.
Margarita AzizyanWinner of the NextCISO Award, Class of 2021
I feel really excited and grateful for the program. I wouldn’t have been able to get my new position in GRC without having gone through it. Learning about personal branding and negotiation helped me to get a salary I didn’t think I could get. Thank you both for everything.
Teresa RamirezWinner of the Deputy NextCISO Award, Class of 2021
I was excited about the program for several reasons. It felt really comfortable to be in a group of people that were like me. I didn’t have to worry about microaggressions, we could have honest conversations and it felt safe to learn and grow.
Kim Vivas Winner of the NextCISO Team Lead of the Year Award
Growing up, I went to schools that were predominantly white. This is the first time I’ve been a part of a program where my classmates and teachers came from diverse backgrounds. This meant that I got to learn and grow in an environment that was open and accepting. This program felt like it was geared towards everyone. This program nurtures you, it finds your strengths and builds on them.
Evan RachelEvan Rachel Winner of the Best Presenter Award
For seven months, they ran a program that would make a drill sergeant proud. At times, it felt like a firehose of information to learn. It’s a lot, but I learned so much more than I thought I would.