The worlds best cybersecurity experts are the ones that were able to find a discipline that aligns with and enhances the natural way their brain is wired.
But there’s no need to guess what that is anymore.
DECIDE ON YOUR CYBER PATH WITH CONFIDENCE
CyberQ is a series of tests that help you:
thinking requires creative problem solving and the ability to model program execution
thinking requires the ability to detect anomalies and to monitor a continuously running information stream, when doing so is mentally taxing
requires the ability to scan and interpret information, to respond quickly to events during online processing, and to inhibit the intrusion of distracting or irrelevant information
requires the ability to delay closure in resolving a task or problem, considering other inputs, while balancing risk and reward
spans all the dimensions, exploring visuospatial working memory, rule induction, complex problem solving, spatial visualization, and attentional capacity.
You must be comfortable making high risk decisions, quickly, with limited information. You look for openings and create opportunities to “safely” execute a mission, knowing that they don’t have the full picture, relying on their resource fulness
You respond to real time engagements with attackers. Your resourcefulness and mastery of system behavior allows you to cripple live attacks by cutting off access, exfiltration, and stopping further damage
Analytics & Forensics
You analyze the enterprise to understand the threat landscape, figuring out what defenses need to be strengthened. You collect the cyber forensic artifacts and insights into attacks that have occurred, diligently identifying each little fault that allowed an attack.
Design & Development
You create solutions that fill the void left by other tools and protections. Your deep understanding of systems and behaviors allows you to “see” the gaps in protection. You run millions of test cases and choose the timing of software deployment initiating
Maximize the impact of your training dollars
Fast track your path to being a specialist
Create a fulfilling career with confidence
Conceptualized and Crafted by:
A team of Cognitive Psychologists and Psychometricians from the University of Maryland CASL (Center for the Advanced Study of Language), which, for the past 20 years, has been building psychological aptitude assessments for the US Intelligence Community and the (DoD).
Tested & Approved by:
The US Intelligence Community and Department of Defense (DoD) have used this Aptitude Test to create some of the highest performing Cyber Teams in the world and we are attempting to bring this capability to you with CyberQ.
How it Works
CyberQ Aptitude takes you through a series of tests that stimulate the same type of thinking used in a multitude of cyber-professions.
No prior experience or knowledge required!
Includes a variety fun brain teasers!
Based on the cognitive strengths of 1500+ Cybersec practitioners
The approach that the Cyber Aptitude and Talent Assessment (CATA) framework takes is to assess what candidates have the ability to do independently of what they already know. Especially in military contexts, education and training in cybersecurity can be given to people who show promise but lack knowledge. Other efforts in the various Armed Services are underway to allow people who have knowledge to skip some of the early instruction steps, in order to tailor training more effectively to students’ knowledge and get them into the workforce more rapidly. The CATA is a test of cognitive skills, not knowledge, and it is expected to complement, but not replace, existing tests and certification exams.
As is typical for research, the development of the CATA began with a thorough review and integration of the literatures on psychological and educational assessment and cybersecurity learning and certification. Deeper insights were gained through needs analyses and cognitive task assessments comparing the tasks and demands of key cybersecurity work roles of interest to the DoD, such as Developers, Operators, and Analysts, among others. Developing proficiency in some of these work roles can take years. We used the findings to choose tests of the cognitive abilities that support those tasks. For example, whereas critical thinking ability is important for all cybersecurity jobs, the ability to perform well under heavy time pressure may be more important in some jobs than in others.
CATA has undergone rigorous usability testing in order to find and fix potential sources of confusion and improve the overall user experience with the instrument.
The reliability and internal consistency of CATA has been rigorously demonstrated using standard practice for psychological assessments.
CATA has undergone longitudinal and group discrimination testing in order to establish the validity of the instrument, including:
- Construct validity: Does the test measure the concept that it’s intended to measure?
- Content validity: Is the test fully representative of what it aims to measure?
- Face validity: Does the content of the test appear to be suitable to its aims?
- Criterion validity: Do the results correspond to a different test of the same thing?
What is group discrimination? To assess whether the prototype test battery could discriminate among the three targeted work roles, we tested professionals currently employed in those work roles and used statistical modeling to identify which abilities measured by the CATA were associated with distinctions among tested groups. In addition, we administered the test battery to professionals in other cyber work roles (e.g., System Administrators) to see how well the CATA could distinguish those in the targeted work roles from other types of cyber professionals. The data provided a basis for drafting aptitude profiles for each work role and for examining the CATA’s utility as a selection instrument.
Case Study: Selecting US Air Force Cyber Warfare Operators
USAF conducted an extensive study of the ability to use CATA as a filter for students coming into Cyber Warfare Operator training.
Case Study: Selecting Special Operations Command Cyber Teams
US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is utilizing CATA to pre-screen applicants for a cyber operations program
Case Study: University of North Georgia
Haystack Solutions helped the University of North Georgia (UNG) to literally find “students in the haystack” with no prior cybersecurity knowledge, skills or abilities, creating a diverse team that won the NSA Codebreaker Challenge in 2019 and 2020.
Cyber Aptitude Assessment Podcast
Host Amber Pedroncelli welcomes two guests to the show this week. First, Bryan Lopez, Director of Emerging Technologies for the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer, discusses the interview he conducted with retired Vice Admiral Jan Tighe about cyber aptitude testing in the Navy and beyond. Vice Admiral Tighe collaborated with EC-Council on the creation of the CyberQ Aptitude Assessment.