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ThriveDX and Exclusive Networks Partnership to Bridge Cybersecurity Talent Gap

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Cyber education and training specialist ThriveDX is partnering with Exclusive Networks, a cybersecurity company specializing in digital infrastructure, to deliver training and talent opportunities to its global network of more than 25,000 partners.

The collaboration builds on Exclusive Networks' participation as a founding partner in the ThriveDX Cyber Talent Hub (CTH), according to a prepared statement. This partnership “unites forward-thinking employers and educators to build a sustainable and scalable platform to attract, retain, foster and continuously develop cyber talent.”

Advancing Cybersecurity’s Human Factor

Exclusive Networks and ThriveDX will work together to advance the state of the human factor in cybersecurity and make progress against the talent and skills shortage, the companies said. Toward that goal, Exclusive Networks will offer ThriveDX's end-to-end skills and talent solutions to its reseller community through its on-demand consumption platform.

The partnership is designed to help improve the cybersecurity posture of more than 100,000 customers globally. The two companies will also continue to work closely together on the design and rollout of the Cyber Talent Hub.

Commenting on the need to raise fresh cyber talent, Exclusive Networks CEO Jesper Trolle said:

"As global threats continue to rise, it is more important than ever for us to invest in the talented individuals who can help us combat these new risks. Exclusive Networks is proud to be a champion for enabling the next generation of cyber talent, working alongside leading innovators like ThriveDX to help improve the capabilities of our team, our partners and the cybersecurity ecosystem at large.”

Studies Back Cyber Skills Gap

To underscore the need to upskill more people in cybersecurity, ThriveDX cited a 2022 Fortinet Cybersecurity Skills Gap study. The study revealed that 60% of organizations struggle to recruit cybersecurity talent. In addition, 52% have trouble retaining qualified employees, and 67% agree that this talent shortage creates additional risk for their organizations.

In its 2022 Global Cybersecurity Awareness Training study of more than 1,900 chief information security officers (CISOs), security leaders and IT professionals, ThriveDX found that 65% felt cybersecurity awareness programs need to expand. Also, 87% agreed that combating reducing risk required a combination of informed employees and technology.

Emphasizing the cyber skills training imperative, Dan Vigdor, co-founder, co-CEO and Executive Chairman of ThriveDX, said:

"Cybersecurity training and education is more important than ever in our age of digital risk. Alongside great global leaders like Exclusive Networks, we aim to build and share the unique solutions and ecosystems that can transform and grow diverse groups of global learners to build the world's digital and cyber workforce."

Adding his perspective, Denis Ferrand-Ajchenbaum, senior vice president, Global Business Development & Ecosystems at Exclusive Networks, said:

"Cybersecurity risk is a problem that affects every organization on the planet. In the last year 80% of organizations experienced one or more breaches last year, with nearly half of those events costing more than a million dollars to remediate. Exclusive Networks is delighted to deepen our partnership with leading innovators like ThriveDX, who are presenting concrete solutions to this technology and human challenge. Together we aim to deliver a unique offering to our specialist cybersecurity ecosystem of over 25,000 partners and market-leading vendors, helping to close the cybersecurity skills and talent gap and combat these rising risks."

ThriveDX solutions are now available on the Exclusive Networks platform.

Jim Masters

Jim Masters is Managing Editor of MSSP Alert, and holds a B.A. degree in Journalism from Northern Illinois University. His career has spanned governmental and investigative reporting for daily newspapers in the Northwest Indiana Region and 16 years in a global internal communications role for a Fortune 500 professional services company. Additionally, he is co-owner of the Lake County Corn Dogs minor league baseball franchise, located in Crown Point, Indiana. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and recording his own music, oil painting, biking, volleyball, golf and cheering on the Corn Dogs.