Phase2 Advantage in Savannah, Georgia
Phase2 Advantage, launched in 2014 in Savannah, Georgia, is a security consulting and training company with two distinct service branches: Physical Security and Cyber Security. Although they operate under the same parent company and the services tend to complement and overlap with each other at times, they serve significantly different missions.
The Physical Security service branch is directly managed by Michael I. Kaplan, the Founder and CEO of Phase2 Advantage. Michael’s experience, and training – such as the military, law enforcement, and civilian protective service – allow him to be uniquely positioned to serve in this position. The primary roles of the Physical Security branch are listed below:
1. Defensive and Tactical Firearm Training
2. Corporate Protective Service Missions
3. Executive Protection Assignments
4. Threat and Security Assessments
Please contact Michael directly if you have any needs or questions regarding these service branches.
Phase2 Advantage Website
Physical Mailing Address
P.O. Box 14071, Savannah, GA 31416
The second service branch of Phase2 Advantage is Cyber Security. The Cyber Security service reports to Michael I. Kaplan but is overseen by a group of instructors with experience in the U.S. Military (Cybersecurity and Intelligence Service), Academia (University and College), and the corporate sector. These instructors have decades of practical operational and teaching experience and have allowed Phase2 Advantage to expand operations successfully into 18 countries. The primary roles of the Cyber Security branch are listed below:
1. Cybersecurity Training and Certification
2. Instructional Design of Cybersecurity Textbooks and Workbooks
3. Curriculum Development both in the U.S. and Abroad
4. Risk, Threat, and Vulnerability Assessments to Network Infrastructure
Please contact the office of Phase2 directly if you have any needs or questions regarding these service branches.
Phase2 Advantage Website
Physical Mailing Address
P.O. Box 14071, Savannah, GA 31416
To connect with Michael I. Kaplan on social media, please use the links listed below.
Meet the Phase2 Advantage Primary Instructors
Michael I. Kaplan
Michael I. Kaplan is the founder and CEO of Phase2 Advantage, and currently manages the Content Development and Publishing initiatives of the company. He is also the Chairman of the Savannah Technical College Cybersecurity Advisory Committee and extensively involved in the school’s cybersecurity curriculum development and educational support initiatives. Michael has developed a partnership with the Economic Development division of the Technical College System of Georgia which provides the Learning Management System used in Phase2 Advantage programs and allows the company to engage in numerous workforce and professional development initiatives throughout the State of Georgia.
Michael is a military veteran and a national advocate for the military affiliate community. After attending the U.S. Army’s Intelligence Center of Excellence at Fort Huachuca in Arizona in 1983, he attended the Defense Language Institute, Airborne School, several specialized Schools at FT. Bragg in North Carolina, and was assigned to the 11th Special Forces Group (AGR).
Michael was recruited in 1989 to Special Projects Group and served as an instructor and operator on a Federal International Fugitive Task Force (his FBI letters of reference can be viewed on his LinkedIn profile). He was responsible for supervising and training 325 agents who were responsible for more than 3,000 UFAP apprehensions in seven years. Michael left government service in 1994 to pursue a career in High-Threat Executive Protection as an instructor and operator, then founded Phase2 Advantage in 2014. During each of these career stages, he always maintained the official position of “instructor,” and the unofficial position of “team computer geek.”
From 1994 to 2014, Michael earned over 20 cybersecurity certifications and developed a passion for writing and instructional design. He has written five of the primary texts used in Phase2 Advantage training courses and developed a dedicated publishing unit for the company. These texts, registered with the U.S. ISBN Agency (Bowker) and available through all major book resellers, can be viewed below. You can click the covers of the textbooks to read additional details about them on Amazon.
LTC Scott C. Scheidt (RET)
Scott C. Scheidt is a Phase2 Instructor and is a subject matter expert in Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC). He is an adjunct professor in the Cyber and Related Programs Department at Savannah Technical College, Savannah, Georgia. He oversees policy standards and implementation strategies to ensure procedures and guidelines comply with physical and cybersecurity policies in accordance with ISO 27001/2 framework, NIST SP 800 series, FISMA/FedRAMP, SSAE 18, GDPR, CMMC, and ITAR.
In addition, Scott is a Certified Cybersecurity professional with experience in cyber offensive and defensive operations, vulnerability assessments, risk mitigation, business management, enterprise security, and the development of cyber policy and strategy. Scott retired in August 2019 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) serving in a final capacity as the Joint Forces Headquarters (JFHQ)-GA G6 Branch Chief, IT Services and Support for the Georgia Army National Guard, where he led the formation of the GA National Guard Cyber Protection Team, conducting intelligence and cyber operations for over 16 years.
His military awards and designations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Army Space Cadre Badge, Cyber Mission Forces Member, Army Cyber Operations Planner, Tactical Information Operations Planner, and Joint Communications Planner. Scott has also led outreach efforts with K-12 schools and youth programs (e.g., cyber camps, mentorship) in the community to bring cyber security training and awareness to middle and high school students and partnered with the NSA Day of Cyber program to help students gain experience and knowledge in work roles that academic cyber education programs would prepare them for real-world experience.
He is also a member of the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Cyber Society and Education and has over 40 published works to his credit. You are invited to connect with Scott on social media and LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/scott-c-scheidt
CW2 Jason L. Childers (ARNG)
Jason L. Childers is a Phase2 Instructor and a subject matter expert in Threat Intelligence Programs. He is Cyber Warfare Technician in the Georgia Army National Guard with more than fifteen years of experience in Military Intelligence and Cyberspace Operations. Jason’s civilian background includes extensive experience in Cyber education, training and development, Cyber Operations coordination, and operations planning.
Jason started his military career in Military Intelligence as an analyst at echelons from Battalion to Division levels. He held positions such as Brigade GEOINT NCOIC and Targeting NCOIC. In 2016 he began his transition from Military Intelligence to Cyber Warfare and became the first Reserve Component soldier to complete the Cyber Warfare Operations Specialist Course. His civilian certifications include CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), and Certified Incident Handler (ECIH).
He has completed the Common Ground Station Analyst Course, Geospatial Analyst Transition Course, Joint Cyber Analyst Course, Cyber Warfare Operations Specialist Course, Joint Advanced Cyber Warfare Course- Georgia, Cyber Operations Planners Course, Cyber Mission Commanders Course, and the Title-10 Operators Course. Jason has deployed with the Special Operations Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (SOJTF-OIR) and the 780th MI Brigade (CYBER). He is currently assigned to Cyber Protection Team 170, Georgia Army National Guard.
Jason’s military awards include the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, and the Military Intelligence Corps Association’s Knowlton Award. He is a lifetime member of the Military Intelligence Corps Association, Military Cyber Professional Association, several Veteran Service Organizations, and the National Eagle Scout Association. You are invited to connect with Jason on social media and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-childers-459a0355
Brett P. Lang
Brett P. Lang is a Phase2 Instructor and a subject matter expert in Online Education. He is a military veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Air Force, and a seasoned professional who brings more than 20 years of experience in the security industry to the team. He is also a member of the Savannah Technical College Cybersecurity Advisory Committee and extensively involved in the school’s cybersecurity curriculum development and educational support initiatives.
Prior to being promoted to his current position at Phase2, Brett served as the Managing Editor for the course textbooks produced by the company’s publishing branch. He is listed on Amazon as the editor of four primary texts in the “Practical Cybersecurity” series used in the Phase2 Advantage certification courses: Cybersecurity Defense and Operations, Disaster Response and Recovery, Incident Investigations and Response, and Network Defense and Investigations. These texts are also used by colleges and universities for both undergraduate and graduate programs in the U.S. and internationally.
In his role as Director of Online Education, Brett overseas the operation of the Phase2 Advantage Learning Management System hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia. His responsibilities include course content, creating domain practice quizzes, developing certification exams, and ensuring all materials used on the platform are ADA compliant. He also serves as an assistant course instructor and provides liaison services for students enrolled in the certification courses. You are invited to connect with Brett on social media and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brettlang