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Badges Matter: Announcing our Licensed Training Partner Status

CyberDI, the Cybersecurity Division of Data Intelligence Technologies proudly announces we have demonstrated enough evidence to meet the criteria to earn a Licensed Training Partner status of the the CMMC-AB.

They sent us an image, that many call a badge, and that others have recently dismissed as bringing no value while increasing costs.

Instead of talking about our industry leading team again (writing the same stuff gets boring) we wanted to dispel some myths around badges.

History of a Badge

Avoiding the irony of explaining badges to experts in the Defense space we will start our tale in 2011 when Mozilla launched the efforts around Open Badges.

Our team has supported these efforts from the beginning and has over a decade of experience in credentialing, portfolio research, and large scale assessment training.

Unlike the images provided by the CMMC-AB badges contain metadata and machine readable data. They link criteria from a task to evidence from a learner and this information can get stored in a ledger.

Mozilla Foundation turned to focus more on Internet Health policy and spun off their learning initiatives. IMS Global now oversees the Open Badges Spec.

As the Open Badge movement continues the Department of Defense has continued to fund work around the xAPI, the experience API. Open Badges align to the schemas the DoD has helped to develop as well as work going on in W3C community groups around Verified Credentials

Anatomy of a Badge

As stated unlike the images from the AB a badge should carry metadata. Traditionally this meant a certificate in a promotional file, or even a signed merit badge card. In terms of Open Badges this means meta data behind a picture.

Why Badges Matter

CyberDI has worked in the credentialing space for over a decade because we believe badges matter. The ability to scale, establish credibility, and to gain insight through machine learning make badges an ideal solution for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.


The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program grows every day. The Defense Industrial Base alone impacts millions of jobs and other Government agencies have started to adopt CMMC.

Badges will allow for the tracking quality and authenticity across thousands of assessors and hundreds of trainers. A project too big for a spreadsheet and word of mouth trust.


Badges allow for instant recognition of symbols of trust in large scale organization. Law Enforcement, Military, and Scouts have used badges for centuries to create instant recognition in the public.

Credibility gets established in two ways: traceability of criteria and evidence and the reputation of the issuer.

The criteria for becoming a Licensed Training Partners included som pre-requisites and the following criteria:

  • At least 2 years of experience in providing training and educational services

  • Proven capacity to provide educational services, in-person or online

  • At least 3 suitable client references

CyberDI far exceeds these qualities. Our learning made up of the worlds top educational psychologists combines with our industry leading Registered Professionals to have decades of experience in the classroom and the field.

Data Intelligence Technologies, a one stop big data shop and CyberDI's parent company, provides over 10 million dollars a year in federally funded data intelligence and data science SMEs, training, and support to customers in both Maryland and Northern Virginia area.

Basically this means we nerd out at the possibilities of what patterns could emerge in the large scale deployment of metadata driven badges.

Machine Learning

CMMC involves tons of data, much of it needing high levels of security. When people complain about mislabled or missing CUI labels they complain about metadata: data (CUI label) about the data (the object).

Humans have a long history of handling metadata poorly. We need help

Badges today mean a credential one could earn after a CyberDI training. Tomorrow we envision an Augmented Reality Badge displaying a CUI label in a future Heads Up Display when an engineer holds a tool just machined.

What Can You Trust When You See a CyberDI Badge?

  • If you earn a credential from a CyberDI training you can trust the learning scaffolds your understanding of what CMMC assessments will assess.

  • If you engage a Certified Professional or Registered Professional with a CyberDI issued badge you can trust their experience.

  • If you hire a consultant trained in a class that issued a badge for successful completion you can trust their CMMC knowledge

  • If you see a CyberDI badge you know someone reinvested in rethinking workforce development through local partnerships.

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