Is CSSRL's training methodology different from conventional courses?

CSSRL is a cyber security workforce development company which provides various cyber security training programs to bridge the skill gap between academics and the industry requirements today. These training programs are available in regular classroom as well as virtual classroom mode. 

Earlier in 2017, we published a blog on  Why CSSRL's Virtual classroom methodology is different from typical "online courses" . But over a period of time, based on the queries of many prospective trainees, we realised that a significant section of that perceive us as someone conducting conventional training courses. 



Conventional courses focus mainly on preparing you for a third party certification exams by enrolling you into "lectures" where you will sit with 20 other people and take notes. Depending on how much you can remember and recall during the exam, you will either get certified or not. Though such certifications add to the credibility in your profile, they do not necessarily make you ready to enter the cyber security workforce.     

Here are a few points to consider while comparing CSSRL training programs with conventional courses. 

Practical Hands-on

CSSRL, being a workforce development company, emphasises on practical hands-on experience in cyber security tools and frameworks, which will be required to start a career ( not limited to just "get a job" ) as well as to perform and grow in your career. All our training programs are designed in such a way that the trainee spends 60-70% of the training efforts in our lab, gaining practical experience.   

Learn at your level of understanding 

At CSSRL, we realise that every individual is different, with different strengths and weaknesses. Some will have a lot of industry experience but might have lost touch with hands-on in technology. Some may be excellent programmers but no industry experience - fresh out of college or may be still studying. Some having IT knowledge like network admin or desktop support but no software development knowledge. Some even from non-IT background - legal, accounting, mechanical engineering, or even 10+2. Is it possible to make them all sit together in a lecture and ensure that they learn what they need to? 

At CSSRL, the individual attention needed ( or deserved ) by each individual is provided so that they can make the best use of this training opportunity.   

Flexible Schedule

As most of trainees at CSSRL are either working a full time job or studying in college, they have concerns about how they will be able to manage their training along with it. Similarly a lot of prospective trainees who have completed their study and looking for a job ( or higher studies ) hesitate in starting any training because "What will happen if I have to join somewhere in between?". Those working in shifts also have such kind of concerns. That is why our personalised scheduling is helpful.

All training classes as well as lab activity is scheduled after discussion and mutual agreement with every trainee at the time of enrolment. In cases where due to job requirements, ( need to travel out of city or work extra hours at current job) or other similar needs ( my college exams are due next month ), the class schedule at CSSRL can be paused/rescheduled after discussion in such a way that your job/studies do not suffer. This is possible because we focus on individual attention, practical hands-on, not lectures in batches.

Focus on Concepts and not on memorising

We believe that in IT security domain, which is a fast evolving technology, understanding the basic concepts is more important than memorising theory. This helps the trainee in having a sustainable career in long term.  

Unique examination methodology

Unlike most certifications, where the candidate answers theoretical questions, generally selecting an answer from multiple choice questions (MCQs), the CSSRL examination methodology does not evaluate based on "memory" of the candidate. Our exams are open examinations where the candidate is given practical assignment to solve in a specified time period ( typically 24 hrs ). The score is then based on the result achieved and the approach taken, not just on how much the candidate remembers from his/her notes. This methodology also aligns with recruitment methodology of most cyber security recruiters, where they evaluate a job applicant in similar manner, most of the time even before they call for an interview.     

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