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New programme to help people unlock careers in cybersecurity

1 Sep 2022

Global cybersecurity organisation (ICS)2 is also rolling out its entry-level professional course in cybersecurity free to 1m people.

(ICS)2, an international organisation for cybersecurity professionals, is introducing a new programme designed to make it easier for people to get into a cybersecurity career.

(ICS)2 Candidate is a professional development path tailored for those who want a career in this growing sector.

Those who enrol will receive career development advice, networking opportunities, tools and resources as they work towards earning an (ISC)2 certification.

They will also get access to exclusive programmes and discounts on (ISC)2 education courses, materials and conferences. An annual fee of $50 will be waived for the first year of the initiative – until September 2023.

The new programme comes as (ICS)2 rolls out its new entry-level professional certificate in cybersecurity course. The course was being piloted earlier in the year, with around 1,500 people taking part. They are on track to achieve their certifications and will become (ICS)2 members.

Earlier in the summer, (ICS)2 announced that it would be making the entry-level cybersecurity course available for free to 1m people.

This move, it said, was to combat the global skills shortage in the cybersecurity sector.

“Part of our commitment to addressing the global cybersecurity workforce shortage is creating new pathways to cybersecurity career success,” said Clar Rosso, (ISC)2 CEO.

“Whether you are pursuing your first cybersecurity job or looking to advance within the profession, as an (ISC)2 Candidate, you will have access to the resources, benefits and professional development you need to achieve your goals.

“(ISC)2 – backed by more than 170,000 members – will be your guide, partner and advocate as you achieve career milestones like joining a local chapter, discovering a mentor at a conference or earning your first (ISC)2 certification.”

More information on becoming an (ICS)2 Candidate is available on the organisation’s website.

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Blathnaid O’Dea
By Blathnaid O’Dea

Blathnaid O’Dea worked as a Careers reporter until 2024, coming from a background in the Humanities. She likes people, pranking, pictures of puffins – and apparently alliteration.

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