Cybersecurity Training

Positively Impacting the Next Generation with Cyber Safety Day

As use of the internet becomes more acceptable in schools and expected at younger ages, cyber safety education is a necessity. While tablets, computers and smart devices are the norm at home and school for children, many students are not taught about the potential dangers faced while using technology. Shockingly, 40% of students in fourth through eighth grades have chatted with a stranger online, of those, 53% gave out their phone number to the stranger and 11% met with a stranger according to Children’s Internet Usage Study. Statistics like these are the impetus behind the mission of the Center for…

Most Employers Don’t Pay Full Cost of Certifications

One of the most common complaints cybersecurity professionals voice about their employers is that they have to pay for certifications out of their own pockets. It’s not a trivial issue, since workers consider certifications their number one career hurdle, according the (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study 2019. Based on study findings, most employers don’t pay their cybersecurity workers’ certification fees. Considerably fewer than half of respondents in the study (37%) say their employers pay for them while 21% say they share the cost with employers. More than one third of respondents (35%) pay for all of their own cybersecurity certification costs….

So You Have Decided to Become Cyber Security Certified, Now What?

By Tony Vizza, CISSP, CCSP, Director for Cyber Security Advocacy – APAC at (ISC)² Toward the end of 2019, I met many aspiring women and men who approached me and said, “Tony, I want to become cyber security certified, how do I do it?” If you are reading this article, it is likely that you have made a conscious decision to do so. Congratulations on taking this step in furthering your career, skills and knowledge. You have made the decision to demonstrate to the wider world your hard-gained experience, knowledge and skills in cybersecurity and to prove to yourself that…

2019’s Top 10 Webcasts

Continuing education allows cybersecurity professionals to stay in tune to the constant changes in the industry. (ISC)² provides webcasts throughout the year on various security-related topics to help keep you informed, as well as provide opportunities to earn CPEs. Based on ratings by cybersecurity professionals, here are our top 10 webcasts from 2019: Ransomware Tools Continue to Increase Ransomware continues to be a widespread problem for organizations. Defending against such attacks are paramount for security teams at businesses small and large. Hear about the latest information concerning many of the leading ransomware threats, as well as updates on the state…

How Culture Makes Us Safer

As published in the September/October 2019 edition of InfoSecurity Professional Magazine By Wesley Simpson, COO There’s an untapped resource hiding in security departments that many of us may consider an intangible or even undefinable asset. When strengthened, it can have a drastic effect on an organization’s security and contribute to its overall value stream. I’m talking about building a strong culture within your cybersecurity team. There are some very tangible practices you can deploy within your team that can have a huge impact on engagement and satisfaction and make your business more secure at the same time. One way to…

How To Navigate An Uncertain Job Horizon

As published in the September/October edition of InfoSecurity Professional Magazine By Deborah Johnson Advice on how to mitigate a sudden job loss due to redundancy, recession or ‘rightsizing’. Diana Contesti was a business continuity planner at a major steel manufacturer in Hamilton, Ontario, when a recession hit the Canadian steel industry in the early 1990s. The economic contraction forced companies to cut jobs. Her employer called it “rightsizing” when leadership announced it would cut approximately 3,000 positions. The layoffs were based on seniority by department, and based on that criterion, Contesti knew she was out. “I was extremely worried. I’m…

AI and Machine Learning In Demand – Top Jobs of 2019

Last week, LinkedIn released its third-annual Emerging Jobs Report, which highlights the fastest-growing jobs around the world. Topping the list in the United States is Artificial Intelligence Specialist, with 74% annual growth over the past four years. “This is the third year in a row a role related to machine learning or artificial intelligence has topped the list, and we can only expect demand to increase,” says Guy Berger, the principal economist at LinkedIn. AI is now applied across a variety of industries, including computer software, information technology and services, higher education and consumer electronics to name a few. Indeed.com…

Job Satisfaction Is High Among Cybersecurity Workers

Cybersecurity professionals face plenty of challenges in their work – there’s always something new to learn, cyber attackers are relentless and security teams are usually short-staffed. Still, nearly two-thirds of cybersecurity professionals (66%) say they are satisfied with their jobs. But that number jumps to 72% among cybersecurity workers whose employers pay for their certifications, according to the 2019 (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study. For professionals whose organizations pay for only part or none of their certification costs, the number drops to 63%. This is an important finding for employers who are trying to build their cybersecurity teams. Currently there is…

Enter to Win a Nintendo Switch While Taking FREE Professional Development Courses

(ISC)² members and associates have an exclusive opportunity to win a Nintendo Switch while earning CPEs. This participation-based contest is running until the end of December – just in time for the holidays. Fifteen winners will be chosen. Steps to complete in order to be entered to win: Members and associates must fill out a registration form for December entries, even if there has been a previous entry. Complete any (ISC)² PDI free online courses by December 31, 2019. Score at least 70% on the final assessment. Submit an end-of-course evaluation for each course completed. Participants can earn additional entries…

Strategies for Building a Cybersecurity Dream Team

As organizations struggle to fill cybersecurity vacancies due to a worldwide shortage of 4 million professionals, they should consider implementing strategies to attract qualified candidates and prevent experienced staff from leaving. The (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study 2019 lays out four strategies organizations should consider: Address cybersecurity team members’ needs with training and career development opportunities. Properly set internal expectations about applicant qualifications to widen the search for candidates as much as possible. Target recent college graduates and workers with degrees relevant to cybersecurity. Grow your cybersecurity team from within with further development and cross-training opportunities. All of these strategies are…