Penetration testing leader joins list of organizations empowering individuals and businesses to bolster proactive cybersecurity measures.

Minneapolis, MN — NetSPI, the leader in enterprise penetration testing and attack surface management, has signed on as an official Champion of Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022, an annual initiative held each October to promote cybersecurity awareness and best practices. The Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champions Program is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations, and individuals committed to the growing importance of cybersecurity in society.  

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is co-led by the National Cybersecurity Alliance and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA). This year’s campaign theme is “See Yourself in Cyber,” demonstrating that while cybersecurity may seem like a complex subject, ultimately, it’s really about people. 

“Technology cannot solve our greatest cybersecurity challenges – at least, not on its own. People are our greatest asset in providing security for individuals, organizations, and the nation,” said Heather Crosley, VP of People Operations at NetSPI. “Empowering people to make smart decisions, supporting limited resources with technology innovation, and fostering the next generation of skilled cyber talent are three critical ways we can combat sophisticated cybersecurity threats in both the private and public sectors.” 

To encourage individuals to explore a career in penetration testing and help lessen the current skills gap, NetSPI developed NetSPI University (NetSPI U), an extensive entry-level training program where candidates gain a baseline skill set to execute web application and external network penetration tests. Led by NetSPI’s own expert pentesters, NetSPI U features classroom-based learning, hands-on labs, and opportunities to shadow some of the most brilliant minds in cybersecurity. Trainees also can contribute to new and innovative pentesting tools, techniques, and methodologies. 

Crosley added: “The industry needs people who are self-starters, curious, eager to learn, and want to make a difference in society at large. From there, the rest can be developed by supporting career-oriented initiatives like NetSPI U.” 

For more information about NetSPI U, please visit Learn more about Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 at  Check out these additional resources that align to this year’s theme: 

About NetSPI 

NetSPI  is the leader in enterprise penetration testing and attack surface management. Today, NetSPI offers the most comprehensive suite of offensive security solutions – attack surface management, penetration testing as a service, and breach and attack simulation. Through a combination of technology innovation and human ingenuity NetSPI helps organizations discover, prioritize, and remediate security vulnerabilities. For over 20 years, its global cybersecurity experts have been committed to securing the world’s most prominent organizations, including nine of the top 10 U.S. banks, three of the five largest healthcare companies, the leading cloud providers, and many of the Fortune® 500. NetSPI is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, with global offices across the U.S., Canada, the UK, and India. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.   

About Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public- and private-sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since the Presidential proclamation establishing Cybersecurity Awareness Month in 2004, the initiative has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. For more information, visit  

About National Cybersecurity Alliance 

The National Cybersecurity Alliance is a non-profit organization on a mission to create a more secure, interconnected world. We advocate for the safe use of all technology and educate everyone on how best to protect ourselves, our families, and our organizations from cybercrime. We create strong partnerships between governments and corporations to amplify our message and to foster a greater “digital” good. National Cybersecurity Alliance’s core efforts include Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October); Data Privacy Week (Jan. 24-28th); and CyberSecure My Business™, which offers webinars, web resources and workshops to help businesses be resistant to and resilient from cyberattacks. For more information, please visit