Updated: Apr 25
Cyber security consultants work with companies of all sizes and from most every industry to provide expertise regarding the safeguarding a company’s network and data. A cyber security consultant offers a variety of services as they can often play the role of both the attacker and the defender in a company’s computer systems, networks, and software applications. The goal of a cyber security consulting engagement is to identify vulnerabilities and build strategies to strengthen systems, thus preventing hackers from taking advantage of these vulnerabilities.
The cyber security consulting services market (valued at more than $2.6 billion in 2019) is expected to see strong growth in the coming years as organizations continue to struggle with these security threats and look to third-party consulting firms for assistance.
While there can be many different facets to a cyber consulting engagement, employee training is among the most critical. Cybersecurity awareness training educates employees about this growing threat and often includes such topics as malware, phishing, and the importance of password security. The program might also address social media issues, mobile and privacy concerns, as well issues in working remotely (which is more important today, than ever).
In the past, the most common approach that a cyber security consultant would take in implementing employee awareness and training was classroom-based learning. More recently, though, the combination of improved cloud-based technologies with increasingly remote workforces (a growing trend that was accelerated by COVID-19) has made online learning, or “eLearning” the preferred approach to cyber security training. And the core technology that supports all types of eLearning programs, including cyber security consulting and training, is a Learning Management System, or “LMS”.
Learning Management System Options for Cyber Security Consultants
An LMS is the software application that is used to build, deliver, and track and eLearning program and activities. Cyber security consultants looking to leverage an LMS in supporting of eLearning-driven engagements have unique needs in that they need an LMS architecture that can seamlessly and dynamically expand to support multiple clients as their business grows.
And while there are several options available in LMS deployments and architectures, there are two specific attributes that are very well-suited for the unique LMS needs of a cyber security consulting firm.
A multi-tenant LMS is a deployment and architecture that allows multiple clients to leverage a single deployment of the application. In contrast to a single tenant architecture (which supports only one client) a multi-tenant LMS enables your consulting firm to “spin up” new instances of the application (portals) as you bring on new clients. Each portal can be launched in a matter of minutes, with its own branding and ability to securely separate and isolate the data between clients.
A cloud-based LMS, offered by a third-party vendor eliminates all of the planning, preparation, and up-front investment required by an on-premises (self-hosted) LMS. In addition, most cloud LMS vendors make it easy for you to expand your use of the system, without having to acquire more software or hardware. It is simply a matter of choosing a subscription-based plan that supports your current capacity needs.
LMS Portals for Cyber Security Consultants
LMS Portals offers a cloud-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows our cyber security consulting partners to launch and manage private eLearning portals for their clients, on-demand. Each portal can be launch in minutes and you can manage all of these eLearning environments from a single, centralized console.