Security Innovation & Great American Insurance Group Help Aspiring Developers Hone Their Skills

August 22, 2016 - Security Innovation, a cybersecurity provider and leader in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Training, teamed up with Great American Insurance Group and INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati to provide a fun and engaging way for young cybersecurity enthusiasts to hone their secure coding skills.

INTERalliance focuses on developing experiences which are designed to inspire young talent to pursue a career in the Greater Cincinnati IT industry. They make this mission a reality through internships, high school chapter meetings, TechOlympics events and an annual IT Careers Camp.

The nationally acclaimed IT Careers Camp introduces students first-hand to how technology is applied to real-world business problems. Students explore what the career possibilities in IT really are, earn a “Mini-MBA,” and experience college life for a week. Local area companies “sponsor” students which helps keep costs low. And for students who are unable to pay the fee, limited financial aid is also available.

A sponsoring company that has been involved with the camp for many years is Great American Insurance Group.

“Great American Insurance Group has been involved in the INTERalliance for years to help encourage local tech talent to attend local colleges and to enter the workplace locally,” said JD Rogers, CISO at Great American Insurance Group. “When planning an event for the students we wanted to include something around cybersecurity. Security Innovation came to mind immediately based on the success of a recent Hackthon with some of our developers. The hacking websites and scoring systems are great for education and fun. It was a big hit with the students!”

When Security Innovation learned about the INTERalliance mission from Rogers and how they could get involved with the IT Careers Camp, they jumped at the opportunity to provide access to their CMD+CTRL Web Application Hackerthon.

“Assisting both INTERalliance and Great American Insurance Group in their quest to increase awareness among your people about careers in IT was a natural fit for our company,” said Greg Smith, VP of Sales and Marketing at Security Innovation. “Over 80% of our employees are IT professionals and we relished the opportunity to give back to the community while assisting young people with their career choices. With the demand projected to continue to grow for IT professionals, tools like our CMD-CTRL hackerthon are an interactive, stimulating, and lively way to experience a day in the life an IT security professional.”

CMD+CTRL Hackerthons are interactive learning events where development and IT teams come together to put their security skills to the test. Players learn offensive and defensive tactics in real-world environment where they compete to find vulnerabilities in web applications and defend IT infrastructure.

In addition to the IT Career Camp, Security Innovation has run their CMD+CTRL Hackerthon at several industry and events including: DEF CON 24, WISP, RSA, ToorCon, OWASP AppSec California, SecureWorld Portland, Connected Security Expo; as well as for many enterprise clients around the globe.

Since its inception, INTERalliance has helped more than 2,500 area high school students learn about careers in IT through its programs that include summer internships with Fortune 100 companies, technology-in-business summer camps and the TechOlympics Expo. Its members include Kroger Co., Procter & Gamble Co., Great American Insurance Group, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions, GE Aviation, Toyota Motor Engineering, Vora Industries, Fifth Third Bank, and Ethicon Endo-Surgery.

About Security Innovation 
Since 2002, Security Innovation has been the trusted partner for cybersecurity risk analysis and mitigation for the world’s leading companies, including Microsoft, Sony, GM, Disney and Dell. Recognized as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Security Awareness Computer-Based Training for the second year in a row, Security Innovation is dedicated to securing and protecting sensitive data in the most challenging environments - automobiles, desktops, web applications, mobile devices and in the cloud. Security Innovation is privately held and headquartered in Wilmington, MA USA. For more information, visit

About Great American Insurance Group 
Great American Insurance Group’s roots go back to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American Insurance Company. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the operations of Great American Insurance Group are engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance, focusing on specialty commercial products for businesses, and in the sale of traditional fixed and fixed-indexed annuities in the retail, financial institutions and education markets. Great American Insurance Company has received an “A” (Excellent) or higher rating from the A.M. Best Company for over 100 years (most recent rating evaluation of “A+” (Superior) as of May 12, 2016). The members of the Great American Insurance Group are subsidiaries of American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG), also based in Cincinnati, Ohio. AFG’s common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFG.