CompTIA Launches CISO LifeJourney at RSA 2014

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New effort to inspire the nation’s youth to pursue careers in cybersecurity

San Francisco, February 25, 2014 – Students curious about the world of cybersecurity now have an opportunity to “test drive” a career as a chief information security officer through a new initiative announced here today at RSA 2014 by CompTIA, the leading non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry, and LifeJourney™.

LifeJourney is a web-based interactive class in which students learn about careers in cybersecurity by experiencing a day in the life of the nation’s cybersecurity leaders.

Each day-in-the-life segment features a top executive from a leading company. Companies select a subject matter expert from their company to serve as a LifeJourney Mentor, an industry guide and role model for tens of thousands of students.

Malcolm Harkins, vice president and chief security and privacy officer at Intel Corporation, is featured in the chief information security officer (CISO) LifeJourney.

Cybersecurity is one of the most important issues facing our country and our world. Inspiring students to pursue this important STEM career is one of the best ways to advance education and protect our nation,” Harkins remarked.

In the CISO LifeJourney, students will experience each of 20 critical security controls, such as digital forensics, malware and incident response. Upon completion, they receive a Cyber Resume with detailed reports on the skills they’ll need to achieve that career, including industry credentials such as CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ certifications.

“Security credentials are at or near the top of the most in-demand skills sought by employers,” said Terry Erdle, executive vice president, skills certification, CompTIA. “By building their Cyber Resumes today, students will be well on their way to earning valued industry certifications and securing future employment in this fast-growing field.”

With nearly 1.8 million certifications awarded worldwide, CompTIA is the largest provider of vendor-neutral certifications for IT professionals. Visit CompTIA Certifications to learn more.

About CompTIA
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. Visit, and to learn more.

About LifeJourney™
LifeJourney™ is an online career simulation experience that empowers students and individuals to test-drive future career opportunities relating to STEM and gain exposure to the skills they'll need to achieve the future they want.

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