With the global shortages of millions of software developers and millions of cybersecurity professionals, it’s clear that the global community needs more training capacity. As such, today we are proud to launch NowSecure Academy, our new free training and paid certification resource to upskill developers, architects, QA and security teams. 

Over the last 18 months, we’ve experienced a tenfold increase in requests for mobile security best practices training for developers and web app security teams. This makes sense given the pandemic spurred a breakneck pace of mobility innovation and adoption to keep everyone connected to their jobs, loved ones and daily needs from within their home. In fact, App Annie found a year-over-year increase of 275% in the amount of time spent in business apps and a 20% increase of time spent on mobile devices (4 hours 10 mins) by Q4 of 2020. 

These stats are certainly not surprising to our customers, many of whom lived through the experience of completely overhauling and upgrading their remote work and business strategies to accommodate the new normal. Organizations want to protect these significant investments in mobility by ensuring teams across their mobile ecosystem are implementing consistent security best practices throughout  the design and development process.
In order to provide easier access to mobile security training to busy teams, NowSecure built NowSecure Academy for the mobile community. NowSecure Academy is a centralized repository of FREE mobile appsec online courses, how-tos, paid certificates and NowSecure product training for the NowSecure customers.

Training developers and engineers on secure coding practices was identified as the top success factor with highest impact on security and quality, as noted in the SANS Institute 2021 DevSecOps Survey. For mobile app developers and architects, the NowSecure Academy includes foundational mobile appsec learning resources and a full secure coding best practices course with certificates – built on our years of experience training and coaching dev teams on how to write more secure mobile apps.

For security professionals and aspiring security candidates, we are on a mission to chip away at the cybersecurity skills gap, currently 3 million people strong. The 2020 ESG-ISSA Cybersecurity Report found that most respondents had been in cybersecurity less than 3 years and 76% of those were IT professionals who made the switch to cybersecurity.  We want to not only help existing app security professionals expand their skills portfolio but also equip those who are changing careers or are new to cybersecurity with mobile app security best practices and certificates. 

NowSecure Academy learners will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of mobile app security and will have the resources to communicate or implement best practices. Our courses cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, enabling busy individuals with the ability to view at their convenience on-demand, expand their cybersecurity skills and earn a certificate as a secure mobile development champion for their team. Ready to upskill with our online courses and deliver secure mobile apps faster? Visit academy.nowsecure.com and sign up for a free account today.

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Jenifer Bauer

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Director, Customer Experience