NACON Wins $8.9 Million Cyber Security Training
Contract from U.S. Army
NACON has been awarded an $8.9 million contract to support the U.S. Army CIO's extensive
cyber security training mission by providing a full range of project management, course and
virtual lab development, help desk and technical support. This contract has a one-year base
period and four one-year options.
NACON was founded in 2001 to provide advanced virtual hands-on training environments for public and
private sector customers. NACON began supporting the initial Information Assurance Virtual Training
Classroom for the Army in 2002 and continues to bring leading edge technology and expertise to train military
personnel in Information Assurance, information security policy, software and tools.
"We are pleased to be selected to help the Army stay ahead of the emerging cyber security threats and
increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks," said John Sciandra, Founder and CEO of NACON. "With all the new
ways to exploit users and technology, hands-on style training is highly effective in maintaining a capable
NACON has been innovating in the virtual machine-based training market for over 15 years. With worldwide
patents and state of the art software solutions, NACON partners with its clients to create training solutions that
meet their specific needs.
Did you know...The Maryland Attorney General's Office posts security breach notices listing information on businesses, the number of Maryland residents impacted, the information that was breached and how the breach occurred. Notifications of breaches have been submitted by all types of businesses from financial institutions, hospitals and marketing groups to pet supply stores and Uber.
The list is published by year and updated regularly. It can be very useful if you are concerned about the safety of your personal information and how well companies and organizations protect their consumer data. Visit http://www.oag.state.md.us/idtheft/breachnotices2015.htm for the latest full year notices. Previous years are listed on the site.
The recent release of our VirtualOnDemand(TM) software has introduced some exciting new functionality:
1) Scenario Builder - This function gives a courseware developer the ability to simulate complex network-based exercises using a built-in graphical user interface (GUI). It empowers developers to create their own virtual machines or use a growing library of pre-existing virtual machines that demonstrate the flexibility of the NACON Lab.
2) HTML5 Virtual Machine Display Method - NACON has developed an alternative method for displaying virtual machines using HTML5 technologies. This method will eliminate the Java dependency and improve performance for those users with modern browsers (IE10+, Firefox, Chrome). Users with older browsers that do not support HTML5 technologies will fall back automatically to the Java applet display method.
3) Online Content Authoring - Our Course Manager gives a courseware developer full capabilities to author content using a built-in graphical user interface (GUI). The ability to add, edit, delete, and reorder lesson pages has been extended to provide a developer with the means to easily add images and other media types through simple drag and drop interactivity.
NACON Integrates with Blackboard Learn(TM) Platform
NACON announces the integration of our hands-on virtual lab with the Blackboard Learn(TM) platform, offering a new dimension to Blackboard Learn users.
The integration of NACON's VirtualOnDemand(R) (VOD) lab allows users training on Blackboard Learn to seamlessly pass into a virtual machin environment during a learning session. The hands-on lab enhances a student's learning experience by reinforcing concepts and procedures over the web to real applications, operating systems, hardware, and networks.
VOD is an extension of Blackboard Learn that launches a private cloud environment for each student within his/her course. Blackboard Learn users access this versatile lab through a single-sign-on with Blackboard Learn.
Blackboard is one of the largest Learning Mangement System and educational service providers worldwide.
NACON has established a new Cloud Partner Program
NACON’s cloud-based training platform is now available to smaller training organizations through our Cloud Partner Program. Small businesses are able to use our full-featured training platform to conduct distance learning or in-class learning with a virtual lab attached to the organization’s own learning content. Students can conduct specific hands-on exercises under the supervision of an instructor or in a self-paced environment. The unique aspect is that the virtual lab can be tightly integrated into the learning content instead of requiring students to switch between multiple products. This is a feature-rich product that can give any organization’s training program a technology refresh at a low cost of entry.
After an extensive and rigorous application process, NACON has been verified by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOB) under the Veterans First Contracting Program. The VA has unique authority for set-aside and sole source contracts with SDVOSBs, and NACON has been placed on the authorized list as a pre-certified company for such contracts. NACON’s Founder and CEO, John Sciandra, served in the U.S. Army, and his military service and leadership in the company were key in achieving this distinctive status.
FGDLA (Federal Government Distance Learning Association)
NACON has been accepted for membership with FGDLA, a professional association supporting and promoting the development and application of distance learning in the Federal Government. FGDLA is a key resource for the Distance Learning Industry and fosters research in distance learning theory and practice.
NACON's Cyber Classroom Achieves One Million Users
Annapolis, MD - February 22, 2012 - When NACON's virtual classroom came online in 2002, there were a total of 14 Army trainees learning how to use actual network security software to help protect the Army's networks. Last week, the total number of Army users reached an astounding one million.
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Cell Phones for Soldiers is a non-profit organization whose mission is to turn old cell phones into more than 12 million minutes of prepaid calling cards for U.S. soldiers stationed overseas. To accomplish this endeavor, CFS plans to collect 50,000 cell phones monthly through a network of more than 3,000 collection sites located nationwide.
The phones are sent to ReCellular, a recycler and reseller of used cellular phones and accessories, who in turn pays CFS for each donated phone. This will provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad enabling them to stay connected with their loved ones. NACON’s cell phone collection effort is led by Robert Lerch, who stated “I feel this is a great way to give back and support our troops overseas and for them to keep in touch with their families”.