But be warned that entry into the program doesn't necessarily guarantee that candidates will move on. "They have to have met the milestones throughout the 90-day training. Each training module has an end of course assessment that they need to pass. In some cases, in some of our practice areas there are entry level practical exams that they have to pass as well," said Brown.
While very few don't pass, there have been cases when one or two trainees did not meet those milestones. "In those circumstances, we have reevaluated the destination practice. We have looked at the trainee on an individual basis and assessed that while they are not a particular fit for this particular practice area, they could work better somewhere else," Brown explained.
Somewhere else is within the three practical verticals within Optiv, which include the advisory services group, managed services group, or architecture and implementation services. If those areas appeal to you, perhaps this or other enterprise training programs might pave the way for your career in cyber security.
Sign up for Computerworld eNewsletters.