Transforming today’s workforce to meet tomorrow’s cybersecurity challenges.

As a workforce development company, we are working diligently to strengthen organizations by providing cybersecurity professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to drive defense.

Our Methodology

Our three step approach is designed to help organizations align cybersecurity talent strategies to overall business goals. By first understanding your unique business objectives, we can develop a made-to-measure solution to ensure long-term success.

CyberVista Methodology

Our story.

CyberVista was founded in 2016, but our history reaches back near 85 years. This is how we’ve come to serve you and your organization today. 


Stanley Kaplan starts tutoring students in the basement of his parents’ Brooklyn home. Many of his students were from immigrant families, eager to pursue higher education and achieve success in America.

Today, Kaplan is one of the world’s largest and most diverse education providers—with 12,000 employees working across 28 countries—serving individuals, businesses and universities worldwide.


Kaplan, now with over 100 centers around the US, is acquired by The Washington Post Company. The Washington Post Company became the Graham Holdings Company following the sale of The Washington Post in 2013.


SelfTest Software and Transcender, both founded in 1992. Kaplan Professional acquired SelfTest Software in 1999, followed by Transcender in 2003, creating the largest IT test prep business in the industry.


CyberVista launched at CES in 2016 with the mission of solving the skills gap across the cybersecurity workforce. Leveraging over 80 years of high-quality assessments and learning science methodologies, CyberVista set out to change the way that organizations improve the knowledge, skills, and abilities of their valued team members.

CyberVista Timeline

Kaplan IT Training joins forces with CyberVista as a single company in October 2018.  Together as one company, CyberVista moves forward to forge a successful path for the future of the cybersecurity workforce for both practitioners as well as the organizations that they empower and defend.

Our leaders.

Simone Petrella CyberVista
Chief Executive Officer
Simone Petrella

Simone Petrella is CEO and Co-Founder of CyberVista.  Previously, Simone was a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where she helped build the firm’s cybersecurity practice in the commercial sector focusing on the creation of cyber fusion centers and the integration of cyber threat intelligence, security operations, and cyber defense operations into effective cyber security operations. For a decade she led the firm’s all source cyber threat intelligence business in the national security and Defense sectors, where she built out a threat capability and team with in depth subject matter expertise in all aspects of cyber threat intelligence, including intelligence support to both defensive and offensive operations. Her areas of specialty included predictive cyber intelligence based on an understanding of the threat adversary and developing service offerings to integrate intelligence into exercises to provide realistic cyber scenarios.

Simone received her J.D. with honors from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law and graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government and a M.A. in International Law and Policy. She is a member of Women in International Security and is admitted to the New York Bar. A native of New Jersey, she has resided in Washington D.C. since 2000.

Jeff Welgan CyberVista
Chief Product Officer
Jeff Welgan
  • As Chief Product Officer, Jeff Welgan oversees CyberVista’s products and services. Focused on leading a data-driven approach to cybersecurity workforce development and training, Jeff and his product team strive to strengthen organizations by providing IT, cybersecurity, and cyber-enabled professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in an ever-changing and evolving industry.

    Formally trained in Threat Intelligence, Jeff carries over a decade’s worth of experience supporting intelligence agencies and collaborating with leaders across private, public and government sectors. More recently, Jeff has specialized in enterprise cyber workforce solutions and executive & board-level cyber risk training. As a decorated US Navy Veteran and former Search and Rescue Swimmer, Jeff believes in leading from the front and empowering teams to excel beyond expectation.

    Jeff holds a B.A. in Political Science from the Clarion University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Applied Intelligence from Mercyhurst University. He’s also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is a member of the Private Directors Association’s cyber oversight board.

Patrick Mullan CyberVista
VP of Sales and Marketing
Patrick Mullan
  • Patrick Mullan joined the CyberVista executive team in 2019 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing and is thrilled to be helping organizations navigate and address the cybersecurity skills gap to create a cyber-ready workforce. Patrick is a highly organized, innovative thinker, who excels at leading teams through challenging projects. His drive to succeed plays a significant role in his proactive ability to work with customers to identify problems and implement a solution-focused approach to developing corrective measures.

    During his twelve years previously at Bloomberg Industry Group, Patrick exemplified the qualities of a transformative sales leader – consistently spearheading innovative initiatives to increase revenue, reduce costs and enhance the overall bottom line.

    Patrick received both his BA in English and MBA with a specialization in Management from Fairfield University. A native of Connecticut, he is an avid New York sports fan who now resides in Arlington, VA with his wife and two children.

Breanne Winter CyberVista
Exec. Director, Operations
Breanne Winter
  • Breanne Winter serves as CyberVista’s Executive Director of Operations, implementing and streamlining new processes to help drive the company to the forefront of the industry.

    She brought a conceptual and strategic mindset to the organization when she first joined as an Academic Operations Manager, overseeing all administration and implementation for CyberVista courses. Her adaptable and results-oriented leadership built through her previous roles in academia and volunteerism within the DC community, positioned her seamlessly as Director of Operations. 

    Breanne graduated from Bridgewater College with a BS in Business Administration and received her MBA from the University of Phoenix; in addition to earning an Executive Certificate in Leadership from the Jack Welch Management Institute.

Joshua Hester CyberVista
Exec. Director, Certification Prep
Joshua Hester
  • As the Executive Director of Professional Training at CyberVista, Joshua Hester is committed to developing the certification programs and role-based training that will best prepare professionals for real-world scenarios, and ensure their employers are able to measure that progress in real-time.

    A lifelong learning enthusiast, Joshua found his passion for education during his time as a Senior Technical Instructor at New Horizons. Since then, he has managed large migration projects, developed online and traditional ILT curricula, and led teams of IT and cybersecurity subject matter experts in developing online courses, digital assessments, cloud-based labs, mobile apps and other related software.

    Joshua received his BA in English and Computer Science from Colgate University and MS in Education in Instructional Technology from Purdue University Global, in addition to numerous industry certifications in cybersecurity, project management, agile design principles, programming languages, and open-source technologies.

Director of Data & Analytics
Yameen Huq
  • Yameen Huq joined CyberVista as the Director of Data & Analytics. His role involves leading CyberVista’s analytics and reporting efforts through the collection and interpretation of data to deliver actionable insights about our client’s cybersecurity teams.

    Yameen has held multiple roles in strategy, analytics, engineering, and cybersecurity. He has spent the past six years as a consultant focused on building analytics solutions and developing organizational strategies across various industries, including finance, campaign politics, manufacturing, utilities, and public policy.

    He earned his Master’s degree in Cybersecurity as well as his Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Yameen lives in Arlington, VA, and spends his free time reading, writing, and spending time with his family.

Director of Product Experience
Sam Meisenburg
  • As Director of Product Experience, Sam Meisenberg is responsible for designing and creating curricula for numerous cybersecurity roles, adjacent-to-cybersecurity roles, and certification exam prep courses. Sam is also an instructor for many of the courses he helps build, and the best part of his day is interacting with students in a live online classroom. He is a private tutor for many industry certification exams, such as CISSP, Security+, and CEH.

    Sam graduated summa cum laude with Special Honors from George Washington University, double majoring in Political Science and Political Communication, and is an avid New York Yankees fan.

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