Novacoast Inc. and Envision Partner to Provide Cybersecurity Classes for People Who are Blind

By Holly Herring • Jan 21, 2022

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Envision, headquartered in Kansas, continues to grow, provide meaningful employment and support more people in the region who are blind or visually impaired

Wichita, Kan. (Jan. 21, 2022) – Envision, one of the nation’s largest employers of people who are blind or visually impaired, is partnering with Novacoast Inc., a cybersecurity organization that recently expanded into the state of Kansas opening a security operations center (SOC) providing security services to its global customers. Novacoast provides managed security services for enterprise organizations all over the world while Envision advocates for employment and upward mobility of people who are blind or low vision. Novacoast’s expansion into Wichita and technical training services will bring stable jobs to the local economy and ultimately to the state of Kansas. 

“Novacoast is focused on job creation and our expansion into Wichita as a key development in our plans to grow our service capabilities,” said Paul Anderson, CEO of Novacoast. “With the shortage of people in the cyber world, it’s exciting to partner with Envision and tap into the capable blind or visually impaired community to fill job openings.”  

The unemployment rate for people with low vision and/or disabilities nears 70%. Envision's BVI Workforce Innovation Center is committed to ensuring that the largely untapped community has the skills necessary to perform with excellence in high-tech and knowledge-based jobs.  

”The partnership between Novacoast and Envision is an important one, not only for us, but for the community,” stated Karyn Page, VP of Innovation at Envision. “We are grateful to the Greater Wichita Partnership for connecting us with Novacoast when they expanded to Kansas. This is another avenue for people who are blind or visually impaired to receive critical training for jobs that will lead to fulfilling careers, especially in the rapidly-growing cybersecurity and IT industries.”

Novacoast Inc. will offer cybersecurity certification classes – CompTIA Security + and CompTIA A+ boot camps for students with low vision and/or disabilities. These certifications will allow students to have a unique advantage when applying to jobs and provides continuous learning opportunities. 

“We prepare the students for the security certification exams. This gives them industrywide recognized certifications in basic networking, hardware and security,” said David Mayne of Novacoast. “We also teach the students how to work a cybersecurity event. We do this through log analysis, investigations using OSINT tools, report writing and a hands-on lab.”

Novacoast and Envision will work together with students to help them find careers by teaching them how to “self-place” using Indeed and LinkedIn as well as provide job placement efforts including assistance with resume writing and mock interviews.  

About Novacoast Inc. 
Since 1996, Novacoast has helped organizations from small business to Fortune 500 enterprise achieve a stronger and more mature security posture through innovation and breadth of expertise. With a full professional services complement of managed security, engineering, development, and advisory, Novacoast brings experience and fearless flexibility to its customers as a valued business resource. Learn more about Novacoast at https://www.novacoast.com

To learn more about how your organization might benefit from Novacoast technical training services, contact David Mayne at dmayne@novacoast.com

About Envision
Envision promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision. Founded in 1933, Envision is one of the largest employers of individuals with vision loss in the nation. Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com.

Media Contact: Holly Herring, Marketing Manager, Envision, Inc.
Office: 316-440-1531 | Email: media@envisionus.com