Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute Offers 27 New Cyber Certification Courses

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) at Cal Poly has partnered with Stronger International and Mile2 to announce 27 new cutting-edge courses available to anyone working in the fast-changing field of cybersecurity.
The Stronger and Mile2 classes will be offered online, onsite at the CCI or remotely across California to professionals — from foundational to expert-level cyber security courses in Mile2’s renowned cyber range. 

“Mile2’s training methodology with CCI’s partnership will prepare the next generation of cyber warriors by using real-world simulations within an academic framework,” said Raymond Friedman, Mile2’s CEO and president. 
Stronger International CEO Heather Stratford added, “Stronger International is excited to be forging a long-term partnership with the CCI. Cal Poly and Stronger are stepping up to provide the best training and technical courses to help the state of California continue to be a leader in the U.S. and worldwide in this field.”
The Mile2 certification programs are on the FBI’s preferred training list. The Department of Homeland Security’s program, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies, approved the courses, which are mapped to the National Institute of Standards and Technology cybersecurity workforce framework. Every course includes a testing fee and professional certification upon completion.
“The relationship with Stronger and Mile2 offers government, law enforcement, military, and academia access to world-class training,” said Martin Minnich, the CCI’s program manager.  “Participants will get a taste of Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing education when they experience a simulated scenario in the CCI’s Cyber Range. They’ll leave a better-prepared cybersecurity professional.”
The CCI is a robust, multi-agency effort to protect California from future cyberthreats through training and research for government, academia, military, law enforcement, first responders and private entities. The CCI’s digital range differentiates its training program from others by creating immersive, scenario-based exercises on issues including next-generation cloud computing, anti-human trafficking, health care, critical infrastructure and vehicular vulnerabilities.
For more information and to register for a course, visit
About Stronger International 
Stronger International is an international provider of sensitive, high-risk, cyber security consulting, corporate training and cloud-based educational programs for corporations, education institutions and government/military organizations. With 12 years of experience in cybersecurity and information technology training and curriculum, Stronger specializes in hands-on, accessible training that gives employees the resources to embrace security and compliance. Learn more at
About Mile2
Mile2 develops and delivers proprietary vendor-neutral professional certifications for the cyber security industry. Mile2 certification courses teach the fundamental and advanced principles of cyber security and follow a course/certification track that leads to advanced hands-on skills training for penetration testing, disaster recovery, incident handling and network forensics. Learn more at
About the California Cybersecurity Institute
A partnership between Cal Poly and the California National Guard, the CCI aims to educate the next generation of the cyber workforce and provide faculty and students with a new, hands-on research and learning environment. It serves as an extended Learn by Doing space for Cal Poly students to explore new cyber technologies and train and test tactics side by side with law enforcement professionals and cyberforensics experts. Learn more at  

Contact: Jimmy Baker
California Cybersecurity Institute
Deborah McFadden
Stronger International
203-202-3134; main office: 509-290-6598

August 28, 2018

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