SAFEGUARDING OT/IT ELEMENTS OF MISSION CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

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ABOUT

Business leaders, government, and industry turn to Mission Critical Global Alliance (MCGA) as a trusted resource in safeguarding operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) elements of mission critical infrastructure due to our expertise in advocacy, skills standards development, education, research, workforce development, and professional certifications.

As a nonprofit organization, we coordinate and unify the work of members engaged in the advancement and protection of mission critical operations.  As a result, we advocate the value and importance of having skilled professionals engaged in mission critical operations. 

 

MCGA facilitates the development and dissemination of educational and informational resources intended to cultivate new generations of professionals and to enhance the effectiveness of the existing workforce engaged in securely and safely operating mission critical infrastructure (including data centers) and protecting the physical and economic security, health, and safety of the public.

MCGA facilitates the release of industry standards, guidelines, and services that enhance the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, safety, and security of mission critical operations across institutions, universities, government workforce agencies, foundations, and other private educational training and credentialing providers.

Mission Critical Global Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

SECTORS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security defines 16 industry sectors as "critical infrastructure - Nuclear, Manufacturing, Chemical, Facilities, Defense, Dams, Emergency, Communications, Financial, Energy, Water, Agriculture, Transportation, Health, IT (e.g., data centers), and Government Facilities.  Each of these sectors are experiencing the same workforce challenges:

  • Reaching retirement age and taking a lot of their knowledge and experience with them.

  • Take up is declining in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Engineering and technician roles are often seen as undesirable with limited prospects for career development.

  • Continuing technology advances make it difficult for the workforce to keep pace with the skills and knowledge that they need.

 

PRODUCTS

Certified Mission Critical Operator (CMCO)

CMCO is the foundational certification for professionals operating in data center environments.

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Certified Mission Critical Professional (CMCP)

CMCP is an operational technology (OT) certification for seasoned professionals working in any mission critical environment.

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Online Learning

Online Training for

CMCO & CMCP

Training options vary. They are conducted by MCGA its training partner DCPro, a division of Data Center Dynamics.

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ENDORSEMENTS

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Todd Pagliarulo

Project Manager

RMF Engineering, Inc.

"If you want to start or grow your professional career in a mission critical facility, a CMCO certification really proves that you have the abilities and knowledge you need to succeed."

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Jim Larson

Sr. Manager, Mission Critical Facilities

The Walt Disney Company

"I'm particularly fond of CMCO since we invested quite a bit of labor hours into the development of not only the content for the training curriculum, but also the testing."

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Ray Caponi

Senior Vice President

T5 Data Centers

"CMCO is one thing that's in annual employee reviews and we say 'go out and get this.' We give them the time, money and resources to do it."

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dennis Cronin

Board Member

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Tom Finan

Chairman of the Board

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Steve Mustard

Board Member

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Stephen Huffman

Board Member

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STAFF

Cindy Arkin

Senior Manager of Special Projects and Account Management

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Kevin Edwards

Head of Marketing

and Communications

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Bryan Kainrath

President

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Mike Marlowe

Executive Vice President

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Ben Vincent

Program Administrator

Steve Pflantz

Board Member

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Leo Staples

Board Member

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Dave Wilcox

Board Member

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PARTNERS

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