eSRG Manager becomes Trail Blazer for New Certification


The ASG | ADT Enterprise Security Risk Group (eSRG) identifies professionals who can help drive risk mitigation, business process and technology optimization and organizational value. One of the key traits is the passion to excel.

Michael Castillo is a combat veteran of the U.S. Army. While deployed, he managed the security of his assigned base and later became the Senior Director of Intelligence and Security for his unit where he analyzed the enemy as well as the operational environment. This actionable intelligence became foundational to strategy, planning and risk mitigation. He also managed the physical, informational and operational security for his unit.

With eSRG, he is now contributing actionable intelligence and analysis for our clients and the eSRG principals who serve them.

Recently, Michael participated in a program called “Onward to Opportunity”. Hosted by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, this program provides veterans with a list of course offerings that can be taken remotely or in person. Michael elected to take the remote class and was provided a Skillsoft login to an online course and relevant digital materials. The course content included progress check exams and a final exam practice test. Once the requirements are satisfied the program pays for your voucher to take the exam. This program and materials are 100% free to the veteran (and veteran family members) and also does not affect the veteran’s GI bill in any way.

The certification that Michael achieved through the program above is the Security + offered by CompTIA. He took the exam and became certified on 01/25/19.

CompTIA Security+ is a global certification that validates the baseline skills you need to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.

Why is it different?

  • No other certification that assesses baseline cybersecurity skills has performance-based questions on the exam. Security+ emphasizes hands-on practical skills, ensuring the security professional is better prepared to problem solve a wider variety of issues.

  • Security+ for DoD 8570 is more compliant than any other certification.

  • Security+ focuses on the latest trends and techniques in risk management, risk mitigation, threat management and intrusion detection.

  • The new Security+ certification covers the Junior IT Auditor/Penetration Tester job role, in addition to the previous job roles for Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, and Security Administrator.

CompTIA Security+ establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role. Security+ incorporates best practices in hands-on trouble-shooting to ensure security professionals have practical security problem-solving skills. Cybersecurity professionals with Security+ know how to address security incidents – not just identify them.

Security+ is compliant with ISO 17024 standards and approved by the US DoD to meet directive 8140/8570.01-M requirements.

3 weeks after getting certified in Security +, Michael took the beta exam for the Associate Protection Professional (APP) by ASIS as a beta tester. The domains had not yet been clearly defined. The passing score was just approved earlier this month and the scores were released April 29. Michael scored a 763 out of 800 (95%). 650 out of 800 is the requirement for passing. Michael is one of the first and limited group of people to hold the certification.

ASIS developed this certification program to provide the first “rung” on the security manager’s career ladder. It is intended for those with one to four years of security management experience. Earning the APP demonstrates you have mastered the four domains of:

  • Security Fundamentals

  • Business Operations

  • Risk Management

  • Response Management

The official APP exam will be launched on June 1st.

Michael’s commitment to extending his professional certifications has proven valuable to the thought leadership of the eSRG team. We thank him for his dedication.