(ISC)² Partners with WiCyS to Introduce Winter Camp Program to Provide Educational Resources and Certifications to Underserved Women
The partnership will foster foundational knowledge and skills to enter the cybersecurity field and strengthen the workforce
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- (ISC)² – the world's largest nonprofit association of certified cybersecurity professionals – today announced a partnership with Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) to help underrepresented populations to have greater accessibility to cybersecurity educational resources and certifications. The partnership includes a new cohort program, "Certified in Cybersecurity Certification Winter Camp," to help 250 women with entry into the cybersecurity field.
The Winter Camp provides entry-level certification to IT professionals, career changers, students and recent graduates. The program helps participants evaluate experience across five security domains, including security principles, business continuity, disaster recovery and incident response concepts, access controls concepts, network security and security operations. Additional benefits of the program include technical mentoring, open office hours, certification, and opportunities to receive scholarships.
"Right now, we are facing a workforce gap that is at an all-time high, with 3.4 million more cyber professionals needed in the field. We won't make inroads into closing the workforce gap until we increase the access for new voices to enter the field," said Dwan Jones, Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at (ISC)2. "Specifically, we need to embrace greater diversity and work to add additional women to the profession. Community is at our core at (ISC)², and we are thrilled to broaden our community to the WiCyS network. This partnership will enable and amplify stronger efforts to recruit, retain and advance women in the cybersecurity workforce."
The WiCyS community will also have access to (ISC)²'s recent initiative, One Million Certified in Cybersecurity, which will allow individuals to access the free Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) Online Self-Paced Training and exams. This initiative will provide WiCyS members with the foundational knowledge, skills and abilities to take on entry- and junior-level cybersecurity roles, in turn strengthening the workforce by building stronger and more resilient teams across all experience levels.
"Creating an inclusivespace and entry point for women interested in cybersecurity is one of many areas we focus on. Bringing the enthusiasm of the WiCyS community together to learn and grow in a certification program is the key to successful outcomes. We are excited to partner with (ISC)² to provide this winter camp to 250 outstanding women as they launch themselves into their cybersecurity career journeys," states Lynn Dohm, WiCyS Executive Director.
This program is available to 250 WiCyS members, international members, and those committed to completing the certification requirement. To enroll in the program, individuals do not need prerequisites, previous cybersecurity work experience or formal cybersecurity education. The applications are open now until December 1 and the program will kickoff mid-December.
For more information, visit https://www.wicys.org/benefits/isc2-certified-in-cybersecurity-certification/
To learn more about (ISC)²'s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and access available resources, please visit https://www.isc2.org/DEI.
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