Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) introducing ISC2 Certified in Cybersecurity winter camp cohort

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Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) is partnering with the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 to help others navigate an entry point into cybersecurity learning through its Certified in Cybersecurity Winter Camp.

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These efforts will strengthen the workforce and provide women with the foundational knowledge, skills and abilities to take on entry- and junior-level cybersecurity roles, enabling employers to more confidently build resilient teams across all experience levels.

Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) is partnering with the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 to help others navigate an entry point into cybersecurity learning through its ISC2 Certified in Cybersecurity Winter Camp.

WiCyS aims to reduce confusing barriers for women and underrepresented populations in order to acquire and succeed in a cybersecurity career. (ISC)2 is a nonprofit organization that specializes in training and certifications for cybersecurity professionals. This new camp provides entry-level certification for IT professionals, career changers, college students, recent college graduates, advanced high school students and recent high school graduates.

“Creating an inclusive space 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 ladies as they launch themselves into their cybersecurity career journeys,” states Lynn Dohm, WiCyS executive director.

Prerequisites, previous cybersecurity work experience and/or formal cybersecurity education is not required to enroll in this program. This Winter Camp will provide participants with evaluating experience across five security domains, including security principles; business continuity; disaster recovery and incident response concepts; access controls concepts; network security; and security operations. Technical mentoring, open office hours, certification, and opportunities to receive WiCyS conference scholarships are included.

“As the cybersecurity threat landscape continues to evolve and become more complex, we need additional hands to help secure assets. 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. Additionally, we are thrilled to extend our offering of One Million Certified in Cybersecurity to individuals in the WiCyS community looking to access the free Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) Online Self-Paced Training and exams. These efforts will strengthen the workforce and provide women with the foundational knowledge, skills and abilities to take on entry- and junior-level cybersecurity roles, enabling employers to more confidently build resilient teams across all experience levels.”

This program is open to WiCyS members, international members, and those committed to completing the certification, which is a requirement. The deadline to register is Dec. 1.

For more information, visit https://www.wicys.org/benefits/isc2-certified-in-cybersecurity-certification/

Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) is a nonprofit organization with international reach dedicated to the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in cybersecurity. WiCyS was founded by Dr. Ambareen Siraj in 2013 through a National Science Foundation grant awarded to Tennessee Tech University. In less than 10 years, it has grown into an organization (est. in 2017) representing a leading alliance between trailblazers from academia, government, and industry. WiCyS offers opportunities, trainings, events, and resources for its members. Strategic partners include Tier 1: Amazon Web Services, Battelle, Bloomberg, Carnegie Mellon University – Software Engineering Institute, Cisco, Fortinet, Google, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Meta, Microsoft, Optum, Sandia National Laboratories, SentinelOne. Tier 2: AbbVie, Aristocrat, Dell Technologies, JPMorgan Chase & Co., LinkedIn, McKesson, NCC Group, Nike, Workday. To partner, visit http://www.wicys.org/support/strategic-partnerships/.

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