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ISHPI to Co-Host Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Employer Summit with Trident Technical College

Mount Pleasant, SC, – Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc. (DBA ISHPI) is set to co-host “The Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Employer Summit” on November 14th from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in collaboration with Trident Technical College at the Crowne Plaza located at 4831 Tanger Outlet Blvd., North Charleston, SC.

ISHPI is honored to co-host this event alongside Trident Technical College”, said Girish Seshagiri, ISHPI’s Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Seshagiri is an early adopter of the Dual “Learn and Earn” Vocational Training Model for skills formation and a staunch advocate of regional workforce development. He provides the founding organizational leadership of ISHPI’s Community Initiative Center of Excellence for Secure Software (CICESS) program. The employer-led CICESS initiative combines academic theory/technical instruction at a local community college and work experience at participating employers to train a globally competitive workforce in developing software that is secure from cyber-attacks. CICESS meets industry needs for secure software development competencies and requirements utilizing standardized curriculum to create highly-skilled, capable, and readily employable graduates.

ISHPI, along with employers in Central Illinois, implemented the CICESS-Greater Peoria apprenticeship program, partnering with Illinois Central College, in fall 2015.

Recently, ISHPI and San Antonio employers partnered with the Alamo Community College in San Antonio, TX, to establish the CICESS-San Antonio apprenticeship program.

“We are delighted at the opportunity to build a similar strategic relationship with Trident Technical College and join in the college’s efforts to address the cybersecurity skills shortages in the low country,” said Earl D. Bowers, ISHPI’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe that launching a CICESS apprenticeship program in South Carolina would be a considerable win for the Charleston-area economy, employers, and job seekers by providing career pathways to high-wage cybersecurity jobs”.

“We are excited about collaborating with ISHPI to grow and strengthen the cybersecurity workforce in the Lowcountry,” said Dr. Laurie Boeding, dean of Business Technology at Trident Technical College. Like ISHPI, Trident Technical College has long recognized the need for additional cybersecurity technicians to support the current and future workforce demands. As such, TTC has many ongoing cybersecurity initiatives including its current “Supporting Education in Cybersecurity for Undergraduates through Resources and Engagement” (CyberSECURE) program. Together with industry partners, including the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SPAWARSYSCEN), the program’s main objectives are to develop and expand apprenticeship opportunities, (including youth apprenticeships), develop a cybersecurity operations center and cyber range for advanced cyber defense and security technician education, and conduct STEM and cybersecurity outreach activities. Additionally, TTC’s Division of Apprenticeship Programs partners with area employers to grow talent by developing US Department of Labor Apprenticeship programs and connecting employers with apprentices.

The cybersecurity field is suffering from a severe shortage in talent, with an estimated 301,873 job openings today with more than 3,000 of those in South Carolina alone according to CyberSeek – an interactive cybersecurity jobs heat map funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the U.S. Department of Commerce. The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by NIST, is strategically focused on convening a national effort to address this shortage for both the public and private sectors. One strategic goal of NICE is to Accelerate Learning and Skill Development. Apprenticeship programs in cybersecurity like CICESS are a welcome approach to help people gain the knowledge and hands-on skills needed to be successful in cybersecurity roles. Mr. Seshagiri is a current co-chair of the NICE Apprenticeship Working Group.

About ISHPI

ISHPI works in concert with other defenders of the Homeland to fortify national preparedness, agility, strength and advantage in the cyber domain – a readiness state we refer to as an Holistic CyberStance. Using our integrated Holistic service solutions fortified with CyberSmithed™ and ActiveDefense™ processes, we weave the armor and forge the weapons that enable our clients to maintain a dominating Holistic CyberStance – always ready to Anticipate, Defend, Exploit and Attack in the Cyber domain. Our Information Operations, Advanced Information Services, C5ISR Engineering & Technical Services, and Training & Consulting business units work in unison to provide experienced people, proven processes, technology, advice and leadership to enable full spectrum Cyber capability.

ISHPI was born a cyber-services company supporting U.S. Armed Forces personnel and other direct defenders of the homeland with a heavy focus on emerging asymmetric Information Operations. Our focus on cyber related services has held steady while our client base and functional capabilities expanded exponentially to envelop essentially all cyber impacted components of modern warfare. Philosophically, our approach to cyber surety has evolved to become Holistic in nature, based on a firm conviction that cyber activities are never truly secure unless every layer of the OSI model and every human input associated with the activity is Holistically engineered and integrated for cyber security.

In 2014, ISHPI acquired Advanced Information Services Inc., a globally recognized leader in Software Development Quality and the winner of the 2013 Government Information Security Leadership Award for secure software lifecycle practices and the IEEE Computer Society Software Process Achievement Award. The acquisition added CMMI Maturity Level 5 Cyber-Secure Software Development to ISHPI’s Holistic CyberStance Strategy. For additional information about ISHPI, please visit www.ishpi.net.

About Trident Technical College

Trident Technical College makes the decision-making process easier. Whether you choose to enroll in TTC’s university transfer program or one of our technical degree programs, you can be assured of TTC’s commitment to provide innovative educational programs and services. One year at TTC costs less than half of the tuition at most four-year colleges, and S.C. Lottery-funded Tuition Assistance makes higher education even more affordable at TTC.

TTC can give you an edge—an opportunity to develop the skills demanded by today’s employers. With first-class instruction, personal attention and practical hands-on education in some of the hottest career fields, TTC will equip you for success. Courses are taught in a seven-week compressed format to enable even greater student success.

More than 15,000 students are attending TTC to prepare for a successful future. The college offers more than 150 programs of study, including transfer programs for those continuing at four-year colleges and beyond. Students prepare for careers in business; industrial and engineering technology; aeronautical studies; health care; hospitality, tourism and culinary arts; film, media and visual arts; law-related studies; community, family and child studies; humanities and social sciences; and science and mathematics. For additional information about Trident Technical College, please visit www.tridenttech.edu.