Feb. 24, 2021 - RangeForce, the company that is revolutionizing cybersecurity training, today announced a partnership with BlackGirlsHack (BGH) to provide training resources to black girls and women, and increase representation and diversity in the cybersecurity field. According to data from the United States Department of Labor, which publishes the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), ‘Black or African-American’ people make up only 3% of the information security analysts in the U.S.
BlackGirlsHack “Squad” members now have affordable access to RangeForce learning modules to acquire real world skills and realize careers in cybersecurity. The RangeForce web-delivered platform enables users, even on limited functionality devices, to work with leading security tools from Splunk, Carbon Black and others to learn how to defend against and respond to simulated cybersecurity threats.
“Access to educational resources and opportunities is a blocker for many minorities, especially when it comes to cybersecurity, so I created BGH to change the playing field for girls and women of color,” said Tennisha Martin, founder of BlackGirlsHack. “This partnership with RangeForce directly supports our mission by empowering our learners to acquire practical skills from anywhere, at any time, that are certified and recognized by employers. Completing Battle Skills modules brings a cybersecurity job within reach for members of the BGH squad.”
“Minorities are notoriously under-represented in the cybersecurity field, especially women, at a time where we have a critical shortage of trained professionals,” said Gordon Lawson, President of RangeForce. “BlackGirlsHack is not only helping to break down barriers for black girls and women, Tennisha and her organization are helping companies access a huge untapped pool of talent. We are pleased to be working with BGH.”
BGH was founded by Tennisha Martin, a black girl from Washington D.C. who has been working in the IT space for over 15 years. The organization offers resources and programs in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), Information Technology (IT), and Cybersecurity with the goal of helping to increase diversity in Cybersecurity. Tennisha currently works as a Senior Principal Consultant doing Consulting and Engineering work for the government sector. She has a Masters in Cybersecurity from The Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Digital Forensics from University of Maryland.
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