SOURCE: Vigilar

May 20, 2008 06:00 ET

Vigilar Attains Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program

Vigilar's Intense School Training Division Further Distinguishes Itself by Achieving a Microsoft Competency in Learning Solutions and Security Solutions

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2008) - Vigilar, a leading provider of information security solutions and services, today announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in both Learning and Security Solutions, recognizing Vigilar's expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified Partner, Vigilar has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and proven its ability to meet customers' needs. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the channel.

Intense School, the training division of Vigilar, is a leading IT & Security Training provider that delivers accelerated Microsoft training and has helped thousands of IT industry professionals obtain MCSE certification for more than ten years. Intense School recently launched a full suite of official Microsoft training classes covering a wide range of new technologies from Server 2008 to enterprise SharePoint 2007 and Exchange 2007 programs. All classes provide on-site certification testing.

Intense School is one of the few Gold Learning Solutions partners offering Microsoft Authorized Training Classes in an economical accelerated training format. Intense School's Microsoft offerings include:

-- MCDST (

-- MCSE 2003/MCTS VISTA/Security+

-- MCITP 2008: Enterprise Administrator Upgrade (

-- MCITP 2008: Enterprise Administrator

-- MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator

-- MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician

-- MCTS: Exchange Server 2007

-- MCITP: Project Server 2007

-- MCTS: Project 2007 (

-- MCTS: Project Server 2007

-- MCTS: SharePoint Server 2007

-- MCTS Vista Office 2007

-- MCTS: SQL 2005 (

-- SQL Server 2008 Skills Upgrade

"We are extremely pleased to have attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program," said Barry Kaufman, Intense School's Director of Training Services. "We have always had a strong relationship with Microsoft, training thousands of Microsoft employees on security and Microsoft technologies, as well as partnering with Microsoft to develop curriculum for its Trustworthy Computing Initiative. In addition, we are able to leverage our parent company Vigilar's full security lifecycle expertise to enhance our security competency."

"Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities," said Allison Watson, vice president of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft Corp. "They need to trust in a company that can act as an expert adviser for their long-term strategic technology plans. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, which have certified expertise and direct training and support from Microsoft, can build a positive customer experience with our technologies. Today, Microsoft recognizes Vigilar as a new Gold Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise providing customer satisfaction using Microsoft products and technology."

As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Partner status, Vigilar had to declare a Microsoft Competency. Microsoft Competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner's capabilities with specific Microsoft technologies to customers looking for a particular type of solution. Each competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the technology industry.

Vigilar has Microsoft Competencies in two areas, Learning Solutions and Security Solutions. Intense School, Vigilar's training division, is a leader in training and certifying Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers (MCSE). In addition, Intense School has helped more than 650 Microsoft employees achieve their Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certifications.

The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in October 2003 and represents Microsoft's ongoing commitment to the success of partners worldwide. The program offers a single, integrated partnering framework that recognizes partner expertise, rewards the total impact that partners have in the technology marketplace, and delivers more value to help partners' businesses be successful.

About Intense School

Intense School, the training division of Vigilar, is a leading IT & Security Training Provider, offering Information Security, Microsoft, Cisco, VMware and Project Management courses. Intense School has trained Fortune 500 companies, individuals and government agencies via our boot camps, corporate on-sites, classrooms, private facilities and over the Internet. Intense School's parent company, Vigilar, also offers consulting services, products, manage security services and comprehensive security programs. For more information please visit or call 866-365-8401.

About Vigilar

Vigilar, a leading provider of information security solutions and services, helps customers improve their security postures. Vigilar's deep security expertise includes security architecture design, product selection and delivery, implementation services, regulatory compliance services, risk assessments, IT security audits, and IT and security training. In addition, Vigilar offers the ATLAS Security-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, which provides organizations of all sizes with managed asset identification, prioritization and management; technical support; log management; authentication management and systems maintenance, monitoring and management. Vigilar partners with the industry's most innovative information security technology providers to offer fully integrated solutions that meet risk management, network infrastructure, and compliance needs. Intense School, the training division of Vigilar, offers accelerated IT and security training. For more information, visit

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