Nicholas Wood, a talent director in the firm’s National Cyber Platform, directs cyber-specific professional development programs like capture-the-flag exercises, advanced technical training, and academic opportunities. These programs help talented cyber professionals continuously upskill in complex, niche, and emerging tradecraft, ultimately preparing them to tackle advanced, national security challenges.
Nicholas knows the importance of this work firsthand—he too has taken advantage of the firm’s resources to grow his skills. This growth ultimately enabled him to support some of the toughest technical challenges impacting national security, including “tracking nation-state adversaries’ malicious intent and ethically breaching systems to identify vulnerabilities,” he explains.
This commitment to growth is part of what it takes to become a cyber elite. And it’s a big reason Booz Allen consistently invests in the people within its discovery capability through investments in training programs in areas like cloud, threat hunting, DevSecOps, and computer network operations. “Booz Allen is committed to advancing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of our people to stay ahead of changes in technology and adversary tradecraft,” says Derek Noppenberger, a senior vice president in the firm’s National Cyber Platform. “This fuels a team that delivers the right capabilities at the right time, every time. The result: technical excellence and highly impactful mission outcomes that enable our clients to maintain a competitive advantage over adversaries.”