Certifying 1 Million People in Cybersecurity Is Aim of Nonprofit (ISC)²

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(ISC)², a nonprofit association of certified cybersecurity professionals, has launched three initiatives aimed at addressing the industry’s workforce gap.

The new initiatives, (ICS) ² Candidates, (ISC)2  Certified in Cybersecurity and (ISC)² One Million Certified in Cybersecurity, “are significant milestones in making cybersecurity careers more accessible to more people around the world,” the organization said in a prepared statement.

The Road to One Million Cybersecurity Certifications

One month after announcing Candidates, launching Certified in Cybersecurity and opening enrollment for One Million Certified in Cybersecurity, (ISC)2 reports:

  • 55,000 people enrolled in Candidates, which is intended for people pursuing or considering a career in cybersecurity, or already seeking an (ISC)² certification. Upon enrolling as a Candidate, participants receive access to exclusive resources and benefits to propel them along their journeys to becoming cybersecurity professionals.
  • 2,700 people passed their Certified in Cybersecurity exams. Anyone earning the Certified in Cybersecurity certification demonstrates that they have 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.
  • 53,000 more people have enrolled for a free Certified in Cybersecurity course and exam. This initiative pledges to provide free, entry-level cybersecurity certification exams and self-paced educational program courses to one million new professionals starting a career in cybersecurity.

New Pathways to Cybersecurity Career Success

Through these initiatives, tens of thousands of people have established or strengthened their connection with the cybersecurity community in just the past month, highlighting the importance of creating new and diverse pathways into the industry, according to (ISC)².

(ISC)² CEO Clar Rosso explained the imperative behind it’s cybersecurity initiatives:

“These initial successes demonstrate that our efforts have already made a positive impact in opening new and unique pathways into the cybersecurity industry. They have also enabled us to expand our association which now reaches over a quarter of a million members, associates and candidates worldwide. It is exciting to see how targeted programs aimed at getting more people exposed to the cybersecurity profession can quickly lay the foundation for the next generation and not only help secure our nations and economies, but also enable them to benefit from rewarding and challenging careers.”

As Eric Turner, as systems integration developer, attests:

“I’m switching career paths to move into cybersecurity. The (ISC)Certified in Cybersecurity entry-level certification is another great way to demonstrate my knowledge.”

More About the (ISC)² Mission

(ISC)² is an association of more than 235,000 candidates, associates and members, comprised of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are making a difference and helping to advance the industry.

The organization’s vision is supported by a commitment to educate and reach the general public through its charitable foundation, The Center for Cyber Safety and Education.

(ISC)² will highlight the importance of diversity and accessibility in cybersecurity at its 12th annual (ISC)² Security Congress conference, October 10-12, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada and online.

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