Multi-million pound commitment will enable everyone from recent graduates to IT professionals in the UK to start a successful career in cybersecurity
LONDON, May 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — (ISC)² – the world’s largest not-for-profit association of certified cybersecurity professionals – today announced that it will help broaden the UK cybersecurity workforce by offering a free certification and training to 100,000 cybersecurity career candidates through the new (ISC)2 entry-level cybersecurity certification. the 100K in the UK represents a multi-year, multi-million pound investment in developing the skills of the cybersecurity workforce across the UK
There has never been a better or more urgent time to start a career in cybersecurity. The UK is one of the largest cybersecurity career markets Europe, with more than 300,000 active cybersecurity practitioners. However, it is also challenged by a cybersecurity labor shortage of over 33,000, with UK government figures indicating that at least 17,500 new people are expected to enter the industry each year just to maintain the status quo.
“The cybersecurity profession needs the next generation to join its ranks more than ever,” said Clara Rosso, CEO, (ISC)². “Unfortunately, until now, people looking for their first job in cybersecurity often don’t know where to start, what to expect, or how to convince employers to give them a chance. To address this, we’ve developed the (ISC)2 entry-level cybersecurity certification to be a trusted endorsement of an individual and their core knowledge, skills, and abilities. Through the 100K as part of the UK scheme, we are committed to giving 100,000 cybersecurity career candidates the opportunity to earn this certification for free, making a powerful contribution that positively impacts the workforce challenge in cybersecurity in the UK today, not years from now.”
“Cybersecurity certifications that validate young professionals and career changers looking for their first job are key to providing a much-needed expansion of the UK cybersecurity talent pool. We welcome any initiatives aimed at to attract more new cybersecurity professionals to the profession.2 100K in the UK program is a welcome commitment from industry given the strong need to recruit for entry-level and junior level cybersecurity roles which far exceed the labor supply,” said Simon HepburnCEO of the UK Cyber Security Council.
How 100K UK will walk
The program is open to all UK residents who do not hold a cybersecurity certification (ISC)². Recent graduates, career changers, and IT professionals looking to get into cybersecurity are encouraged to apply. here.
Once registered, participants will have access to the online self-study course for the (ISC)2 entry-level cybersecurity certification. Participants will also receive a voucher to cover the full cost of the (ISC)2 entry-level cybersecurity certification exam, which they can pursue whenever they feel ready. The exam can only be taken in person at an accredited facility. Pearson VUE UK test center
After passing the exam, candidates will become full members of (ISC)² and have access to a wide range of professional development resources to help them throughout their careers. The (ISC)2 entry-level cybersecurity certification is the first step in a career path that will help cybersecurity professionals gain experience and work toward advanced qualifications such as the (ISC)2 CISSP and (ISC)2 CCSP.
What the exam covers
The entry-level cybersecurity certification (ISC)² exam assesses candidates in the following five areas:
- Principles of security
- Concepts of business continuity (BC), disaster recovery (DR) and incident response
- Access control concepts
- internet security
- Security operations
The exam blueprint provides additional detail on each area, and self-paced online course materials help guide candidates through the areas.
For more information on the (ISC)² 100K in the UK program, including registration and enrollment instructions, and important terms and conditions, visit https://cloud.connect.isc2.org/100K-inthe-UK.
(ISC)² is an international non-profit association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyberworld. Best known for the renowned Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification, (ISC)² offers a portfolio of titles that are part of a holistic and pragmatic approach to security. Our membership of over 168,000 members is comprised of certified cybersecurity, information, software, and infrastructure security professionals who make a difference and help drive the industry forward. Our vision is supported by our commitment to educate and reach the general public through our charitable foundation – The Center for Cyber Safety and Education™. For more information about (ISC)², visit www.isc2.org, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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