(ISC)² aims to close APAC’s cybersecurity skills gap

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Singapore: (ISC)² – the nonprofit body of certified cybersecurity professionals introduced its new entry-level certification pilot programme in the Asia Pacific. With this new pilot programme, (ISC)² aims to close APAC‘s cybersecurity skills gap.

This entry-level cybersecurity certification pilot program is for newcomers looking to join the sector without prior IT or cybersecurity experience.

(ISC)² aims to close APAC’s cybersecurity skills gap

(ISC)² developed the certification with the aim to support and nurture cybersecurity professionals entering the field, no matter their age, industry, or skill level. From university graduates to mid-career professionals, the certification will assure employers that they have the foundational knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in entry- and junior-level roles.

“Our latest Cybersecurity Workforce Study found that the global cybersecurity workforce has a shortage of 2.72 million professionals. Asia Pacific has the largest regional gap and 1.42 million cybersecurity professionals are needed to meet demand. There is a clear need to build more talent in the industry,” said Clar Rosso, CEO of (ISC)².

“Our new foundational certification will support the creation of new career opportunities for individuals entering the cybersecurity workforce and narrow the skills gap. Together with our other advanced certifications, (ISC)² now offers one of the industry’s broadest range of programmes for professionals of all skill levels and at all career stages,” added Rosso.

The (ISC)² entry-level cybersecurity certification pilot programme evaluates candidates across five domains – security principles, business continuity (BC), disaster recovery (DR) and incident response concepts, access controls concepts, network security, and security operations.

Successful candidates after the programme’s completion will be exposed to fundamental technical concepts and cybersecurity best practices. That will impart a strong foundation for them to attain more experience and industry qualifications over time.

The pilot program’s conclusion and the official launch of the entry-level certification program are expected later this summer.

Once the pilot programme concludes, (ISC)² plans to translate the English exam into Chinese, Japanese and Korean for regional candidates. It will also smoothen the transition for new entrants into the sector and ensure that it remains unhindered by language barriers.

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