Our Story, Your Journey! 

HackRange was established by Tim Rice in South West Florida in 2020, with a mission to cultivate cybersecurity expertise locally to bolster area businesses. Entering the cybersecurity domain is often challenging without prior experience, which is where HackRange steps in. We offer practical, hands-on training focusing on infrastructure and technologies vulnerable to cyber threats. Participants will not only learn to identify these vulnerabilities but will also be trained in white-hat ethical hacking techniques to ensure the robustness of cybersecurity infrastructures.




The  Challenge!  

The challenge of finding cybersecurity talent is multifaceted. Firstly, the rapidly evolving nature of technology means that the threat landscape is constantly changing. Cybersecurity professionals must not only have a strong foundation in current technologies but also an ability to anticipate and respond to emerging threats. This requires a continual investment in learning and development, which can be daunting for potential entrants into the field. The specificity of skills required, which often includes a blend of technical knowhow and strategic thinking, creates a high barrier to entry. As a result, the pool of qualified candidates is limited.

Secondly, the gap between demand and supply in cybersecurity expertise is widening. As virtually every aspect of our lives becomes more interconnected through the Internet of Things (IoT) and other digital platforms, the demand for professionals who can protect these systems is growing exponentially. Educational institutions are struggling to keep up with this demand, often due to a lack of resources or outdated curricula. Without enough qualified graduates to fill open positions, companies are left vulnerable to cyberattacks, which can lead to significant financial and reputational damage.

Talent  Shortfall 

The impact of this talent shortfall on companies is substantial. A lack of cybersecurity professionals can leave a company's infrastructure unprotected and increase the time it takes to identify and respond to security breaches. This can lead to extended system downtimes, loss of sensitive data, and compromised customer trust. Furthermore, the pressure placed on existing cybersecurity staff can result in burnout and turnover, exacerbating the talent shortage.

Incorporating women and veterans into the cybersecurity workforce is critical for several reasons. Women bring unique perspectives and problem-solving skills that are essential for creating comprehensive cybersecurity strategies. Despite being underrepresented in the field, women have been shown to excel in roles that require meticulous attention to detail and multifaceted thinking—traits that are crucial in identifying and mitigating cyber threats. Furthermore, promoting diversity in the cybersecurity workforce can drive innovation, as varied viewpoints lead to more robust solutions.