Toolwire and Jones & Bartlett Learning Win Gold Medal for Security Training and Education

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Winners honored at the Info Security Products Guide Global Excellence annual awards dinner

A must have for all college and security professionals, these practical training environments could become an industry standard in the next few years.

Toolwire and Jones & Bartlett Learning announced today that Info Security Products Guide, the industry's leading information security research and advisory guide, has named their Virtual Security Cloud Labs winner of the 2013 Global Excellence Awards in the “Security Training and Educational Programs” category. These prestigious global awards recognize security and IT vendors with advanced, ground-breaking products and solutions that are helping raise the bar in all areas of security and technologies.

Jones & Bartlett Learning (JBL) Virtual Security Cloud Labs, powered by Toolwire, provide a first-of-its-kind learning environment for Information Technology (IT) security training. This “virtual sandbox” learning environment provides instant, unscheduled access to 65 labs from the convenience of a web-browser and allows students to practice “white hat” hacking on an actual IT infrastructure. Reproducing complex real-world challenges, these labs enable students to learn by completing actual “hacking” exercises and then prepare students with the skills to protect digital assets against these types of activities.

For learning institutions, these fail-safe practice labs keep learning self-contained so that student activities are isolated in a safe environment and do not put a learning institution’s assets at risk. For instructors, these labs, part of JBL’s comprehensive twelve-title Information Systems Security and Assurance (ISSA) curriculum, are an easy-to-use blended learning solution.

For students, the labs are mapped to popular industry certifications such as CompTIA Security +, SSCP, 8570.01 Directive, NSA (4011 and 4013 government standings), and NIST Standards (800 series). Providing up to 200 hours of hands-on experience, while students are still in school, enables those who want to sit for these certifications to get ahead of the game.

“We are extremely honored to receive this industry recognition from the Info Security Products Guide,” commented Cameron D. Crowe, Toolwire’s Executive Vice President. “Toolwire has developed and hosted hands-on learning environments for Information Technology training for over 15 years. Through our partnership with Jones & Bartlett, we have created a unique cybersecurity solution that has already been very well received by institutions of Higher Education. A must have for all college and security professionals, these practical training environments could become an industry standard in the next few years.”

“We work tirelessly to develop the highest quality content – both print and online – so this acknowledgement is extremely rewarding. More importantly, it means educators have a high-quality, CNSS-approved, ISSA coursework offering to train and prepare information systems security professionals,” said Christopher Will, Senior Vice President of Custom and Curriculum Solutions at Jones & Bartlett Learning.

About Info Security Products Guide Awards
SVUS Awards organized by Silicon Valley Communications are conferred in four annual award programs: The Info Security’s Global Excellence Awards, The IT Industry’s Hot Companies and Best Products Awards, The Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards, and Consumer Products Guide’s Best Choice Awards. These premier awards honor organizations of all types and sizes from all over the world including people behind them, the products, performance, PR and marketing. To learn more, visit

About Toolwire
Toolwire is a learning solutions provider specializing in products and services for Experiential Learning. Toolwire empowers Higher Education and corporate training institutions to deliver immersive "virtual internships" across a broad range of subject areas including Business, Health Care, Legal, Applied Science, and Information Technology. Enabling "learning by doing", Toolwire Learnscapes, StudentDesktops, Scenarios, and LiveLabs provide the quickest, most effective way to develop skills, improve knowledge retention, and enhance student success. Toolwire’s award winning solutions “bring learning to life”. For more information, please visit

About Jones & Bartlett Learning
Jones & Bartlett Learning, a division of Ascend Learning, is a world-leading provider of instructional, assessment and learning-performance management solutions for the secondary, post-secondary, and professional markets. Across a broad spectrum of fields ranging from medicine and emergency services to computer information systems, our educational technology applications and instructional assessment and performance-management solutions are revolutionizing how instructors teach and how students and professionals learn. With the most up-to-date, authoritative content available from academia and industry thought-leaders, Jones & Bartlett Learning is leading the way for educators, students and professionals to discover new educational and professional skill-development opportunities - enabling personalized learning, anytime, anywhere. For more information, please visit

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