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(ISC) 2 offers 100,000 free certification places for beginners

(ISC)2 announced that it was offering free entry-level certification and training to 100,000 cybersecurity career candidates in the UK.

The programme, named 100K in the UK, is aimed at young graduates and people in transition wishing to start working in the cybersecurity sector. Any UK resident who does not hold an (ISC)2 certification is eligible for the scheme. The entry level course and certification are designed to give these individuals the first step in a career path in the industry, allowing them to gain experience and achieve advanced qualifications.

Successful applicants will have access to a self-paced online training course for the (ISC)2 entry-level cybersecurity certification. They will also receive a voucher to cover the full cost of the exam, which they can take when they feel ready. This must be taken in person at an authorized Pearson VUE test center in the UK.

The entry-level certification covers five areas:

  • Principles of security
  • Concepts of business continuity (BC), disaster recovery (DR) and incident response
  • Access control concepts
  • internet security
  • Security operations

The initiative is designed to address the much-publicized cyber skills gap, which grew by a third in the last year, according to analysis by recruiting firm Harvey Nash. the 2021 (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Studypublished in October 2021, found that the size of the workforce is still 65% smaller than it should be.

Additionally, last year the UK government estimated that at least 17,500 new people needed to enter the industry each year just to maintain the status quo. This requires developing new pathways that make it easier for people from non-traditional backgrounds to enter the sector.

Clar Rosso, CEO of (ISC)², explained: “The cybersecurity profession needs the next generation to join its ranks more than ever. Unfortunately, until now, people looking for their first cybersecurity job often don’t know where to start, what to expect, or how to convince employers to give them a chance. To solve this problem, we have 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 program in the UK, 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. cybersecurity work in the UK today, not years from now.

Simon Hepburn, CEO of the UK Cyber ​​Security Council, said: “Cybersecurity certifications that validate young professionals and career changers looking for their first job are key to providing much-needed expansion of the talent pool. in cybersecurity in the UK. We welcome all initiatives aimed at attracting more new cybersecurity professionals to the profession. The (ISC)2 100K in the UK scheme 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.

Applicants eligible for the UK 100K scheme are encouraged to apply here.

Infosecurity recently interviewed (ISC)2 CEO Clar Rosso on a range of topics, including ways to close the cyber skills gap.

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