ASCII Group and InfoSec Institute Partner to Accelerate Business Growth for MSSPs and MSPs

December 15, 2018

All new security awareness toolkit simplifies training program delivery

Managed service providers (MSPs) and managed security service providers (MSSPs) can now easily and efficiently administer security awareness training for their clients thanks to a new MSP Toolkit developed by InfoSec Institute.

InfoSec Institute, the leading provider of information security education and workforce security awareness solutions, today announces a partnership with The ASCII Group offering a toolkit for MSSPs and MSPs seeking a better way to manage their client’s security awareness training needs. The ASCII Group is the oldest and largest group of independent IT solution providers, integrators and value-added resellers in the world.

The MSP Toolkit is built upon InfoSec Institute’s SecurityIQ platform. SecurityIQ makes it easy to provide security awareness training that engages clients’ employees and motivates them to detect, avoid and report security threats like phishing.

“It speaks volumes when a company such as Infosec Institute works hand-in-hand with the MSP community in designing necessary resources,” said Jerry Koutavas, president at The ASCII Group. “The MSP Toolkit incorporates the best practices and implementation strategies our members are seeking. This is a welcome addition to an already strong offering by the company and its ability to help MSPs in the ongoing battle against the fraudulent practice of phishing.”

The toolkit equips the MSSP and MSP community with:

  • Step-by-step guidance on the critical steps to implement the process, as well as recommended best practices
  • Automation tools that make it easy to build security awareness training programs to deliver the right content to the right learner at the right time
  • Delegated administration that allows management of multiple clients’ security awareness programs from one platform
  • Automatic report generation that makes it easy to track and share training performance  
  • Customizable learning experiences via more than 300 modules, including critical training in phishing, suspicious hosts, ransomware and password security

“ASCII is the trusted leader in the IT and security MSP community, and we’re thrilled to offer our MSP Toolkit to its more than 1,300 members and others,” said Mike Nobers, director of Global Channel Sales for InfoSec Institute. “Our goal when developing the MSP Toolkit was to provide our partners guidance on creating a great security awareness program and delivering it efficiently and effectively with our platform.

 MSPs already using the toolkit give it positive reviews.

“Our partnership with InfoSec Institute has been invaluable in helping us deliver accessible, engaging and effective cybersecurity awareness education to our clients. The MSP Toolkit has further allowed us to utilize the SecurityIQ training platform to its fullest potential,” said Vanessa Reimer, manager of Corporate Administration and Communications at CarefreeIT.

We have a trusted partner in the education space for technical training. The training is well received by our client base and the right balance of engaging and educational. It provides a well-rounded offering in terms of cybersecurity services. The MSP Toolkit provides a structured method of engaging with our client base and takes the guess out of proper process and procedure,” said William Chan, founder and president of Syzygy 3, Inc.

 InfoSec Institute recently announced Gartner positioned it as a Challenger in the 2018 Magic Quadrant for Security Awareness Computer-Based Training. Additionally, the company is also recognized as a 2018 Best Security Awareness Computer-Based Training as Reviewed by Customers.

About InfoSec Institute

InfoSec Institute fortifies organizations and their employees against security threats with award-winning security and privacy education. Recognizing cybersecurity is everyone’s job, we provide skills development and certification training for IT and security professionals while building the entire workforce security aptitude with awareness training and phishing simulations. InfoSec Institute is also a Training Industry “Top 20 IT Training Company” and the Security Training & Education Program Gold Winner in Info Security Products Guide’s Global Excellence Awards.

About ASCII Group, Inc.

The ASCII Group is the premier community of North American MSPs, VARs and solution providers. The group has over 1,300 members located throughout the U.S. and Canada, and membership encompasses everyone from credentialed MSPs serving the SMB community to multi-location solution providers with a national reach. Founded in 1984, ASCII provides services to members including leveraged purchasing programs, education and training, marketing assistance, extensive peer interaction and more. ASCII works with a vibrant ecosystem of major technology vendors that complement the ASCII community and support the mission of helping MSPs and VARs to grow their businesses. For more information, please visit

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