Amidst businesses digital transformation latest report states that there is a growing skill gap of Cybersecurity professionals. To hedge the growing acute employability figures, Cisco has introduced a $10 million Global Cybersecurity Scholarship program and enhancements to its security certification portfolio. The global networking heavyweight sought to invest $10 million in a two-year Global Cybersecurity Scholarship program to increase the pool of available talent with critical cybersecurity proficiency.
Under this program, the novices be trained, mentored and certified according to the Security Operations Center Analyst industry job role.
The program will commence in partner with Cisco Authorized Learning Partners to make future-ready professionals erudite on reckoned challenges of network security.
Commenting on the pragmatic initiative, Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager, Cisco Services said, “Cybersecurity is essential to digital success. Many CEOs across the globe tell us their ability to innovate is hampered by their security concerns in the digital world. This creates a big future demand for skill sets that don’t exist at scale today. We developed this scholarship program to help jump-start the development of new talent. This includes the opportunity to help diversify the IT security industry by reaching people around the world including veterans, women and those early in their careers, to inspire them to enter the cybersecurity profession. This is just a start to help us educate, train and reskill the job force to become the security IT professionals needed to help address this vast talent shortage.”
Cisco is introducing a new Cyber Ops Certification to its portfolio of security certifications and revising its CCIE Security Certification. It introduces IT personnel to some of the skills needed in a SOC, giving them an understanding of how responses are coordinated.
Latest research indicates there will be a global shortage of two million cybersecurity professionals by 2019.