Addressing the cybersecurity talent gap: New programs from (ISC)2

by | Sep 2, 2022 | Technology

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Cyberattacks, breaches, hacks and ransomware are on the rise — that should come as no news. 

And, according to many experts, one of the significant reasons behind this is a long-lamented cybersecurity talent shortage. 

To help address this workforce gap — and to also combat burnout of existing talent and enable businesses to stay ahead of hackers — the global cybersecurity nonprofit, (ISC)2, this week announced three significant new initiatives.

“The cybersecurity profession is at a critical inflection point in its evolution,” said Clar Rosso, CEO of (ISC)2. “The field is poised for rapid growth and expansion, and it will take people from all backgrounds all across the world to help build a safe and secure cyber world.”

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Supporting candidate growth

According to the most recent Cybersecurity Workforce Study from (ISC)2, the global cybersecurity workforce needs to grow 65% to effectively defend organizations’ critical assets.

To help combat a workforce gap of more than 2.7 million people, the nonprofit’s three new initiatives include:

(ISC)2 Certified in Cybersecurity: This entry-level certification exam evaluates candidates in the areas of security principles; business continuity, disaster recovery and incident response concepts; access controls concepts; network security; and security operations. More than 1,500 pilot participants who passed the exam are on their way to full (ISC)2 certification and membership, said Rosso. As members, they gain access to continuing education, thought leadership, peer support, industry events and other professional development opportunities — ultimately allowing them to expand their experience and work toward more advanced and specialized certifications. (ISC)2 One Million Certified in Cybersecurity is now open for enrollment. This follows the nonprofit’s recent announcement at the White House pledging to provide free entry-level cybersecurity certification exams and self-paced courses to one million new cybersecurity professionals. (ISC)2 Candidate Program: Individuals considering a career in cybersecurity will have free access to exclusive resources and benefits and discounts on all certification education courses. Barrie …

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