Goldman Sachs kicks off Immersive Lab’s cyber training programme
Goldman Sachs and Immersive Labs have together launched a programme to improve the cyber skills of the bank’s employees around the globe.
The programme will utilise Immersive Labs’ browser-based platform to provide cyber security teams with scenarios and gamified lab environments to learn from.
Goldman will then deploy the virtual learning platform amongst its developers across the firm as part of its strong commitment to cyber resiliency.
Immersive Labs, founded by ex-GCHQ cyber skills trainer James Hadley and chaired by ex-GCHQ director general, Robert Hannigan, helps companies identify and develop talent through a unique cloud-based cyber training and assessment platform.
“There is a critical shortage of cyber professionals across the globe which makes it difficult for organisations to find talented individuals and puts added pressures on existing cyber professionals to keep their skills sharp,” says Andy Ozment, CISO and head of tech risk at Goldman Sachs.
The Immersive Labs kinaesthetic platform addresses the skills shortage in a dynamic, hands-on and engaging way. “We realised that if we wanted to fix this at scale, it needs to be fun, engaging and ongoing, so we took a disruptive approach to the market,” adds James Hadley, CEO and founder of Immersive Labs.
Hadley also notes that the culture of competition had encouraged high levels of participation by technical staff at Immersive Labs’ other corporate clients.
Robert Hannigan, chairman of the Immersive Labs advisory board, says that the key is to identify and develop talent and aptitude among existing staff, using techniques that are appropriate to a new generation.