QA enhances cyber portfolio with innovative OutThink partnership

QA partners with OutThink to enhance its cyber portfolio with world’s first Cybersecurity Human Risk Management platform

Strategic partnership with leading British cybersecurity company, OutThink, will offer pioneering Human Risk Management solution to QA customers

London – Wednesday 8 June 2022

Today QA, a world-leading tech and digital skills provider, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with OutThink, the UK’s number one provider of cybersecurity human risk management solutions.

The partnership extends QA’s offer of the UK’s broadest and deepest end-to-end curriculum of cyber training programmes and the world’s largest cyber learning ecosystem. It will enable UK-based organisations to access a revolutionary solution to manage the risk of security breaches caused by human error. 

OutThink’s next-generation solution quantifies human risk and delivers targeted, gamified, learning experiences based on employees’ security behaviours and attitudes. Employees’ knowledge and engagement is improved through targeted micro-learning, social interventions, and attack simulation experiences.

The solution’s in-built reporting enables the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and security team to build an overall picture of skills development and human risk within their organisation creating a solid foundation for risk-based decision making and better informed treatment prioritisation. 

OutThink’s learning experiences have been designed to be fun and social, improving both user knowledge and engagement. The 5* rated solution by Gartner Peer Insights, dynamically adjusts training to each learner depending on their role, risk profile, and current level of understanding to ensure it is as relevant as possible. 

Richard Beck, Director of Cyber Security, QA commented,

“QA are delighted to be the UK partner for OutThink, providing the training that CISOs have been crying out for. The days of tackling security threats with blanket, one-size-fits-all training are gone. From now on, the advantage will be with organisations that invest in their people’s cybersecurity skills in a way that truly embeds learning and knowledge. 

Resilience can be greatly improved by using targeted platforms like OutThink, that can identify risks down to the level of individuals in your organisation to deliver the right training at the right time.”

Flavius Plesu, Founder & CEO, OutThink said,

Our partnership with QA enables our joint customers to build effective cyber security skills at all levels, and for all roles, across the entirety of their organisation.

“As a former CISO, I believe that security awareness training must align employee behaviour and skills with the business and security goals of the organisation. We provide clients with the next-generation security awareness platform to effectively turn people into human sensors for cyber security and empower them to become the strongest defence mechanism in every organisation”


About QA

QA is a world-leading provider of digital and tech skills, enabling organisations and learners to be winners in the digital revolution. It helps clients build in-demand tech skills through a comprehensive range of training and talent solutions that blend the best of live and self-paced digital training – including training courses, reskilling bootcamps, tech apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships. It also offers over 150 undergraduate and masters’ programmes in conjunction with its university partners. 

Globally, QA’s Cloud Academy platform allows clients’ tech teams to train at scale across a range of the most sought-after skills while its Circus Street platform provides similar, leading capability for clients’ marketing and commercial teams.

QA serves more than 80% of the FTSE 100, many parts of government and the public sector, and is one of Microsoft’s largest learning partners globally. More than 200,000 people learnt with QA last year.

QA is owned by CVC Capital Partners VI. Established in 1981, CVC is a world leader in private equity and credit with $114.8 billion of assets under management.

About OutThink 

OutThink is the evolution of traditional security awareness training. Used by large, complex organisations around the world, the OutThink cybersecurity human risk management platform (SaaS) has been purposefully developed to identify, understand and manage human risk.

OutThink was built by a team of visionary CISOs, security experts and researchers, for security professionals who are looking to build a risk aware security culture in their organisations. 

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