New Cybersecurity Apprenticeship from Firebrand Delivers Front-line Knowledge from (ISC)²
UK Apprenticeships Provider Incorporates (ISC)² SSCP Certification Content and Path to Professional Recognition into Level 4 Technologist Apprenticeship
London, 6 December 2016 – Firebrand and (ISC)²® (“ISC-squared”) have today announced a new apprenticeship that assures employers and their apprentices access to the most current practice knowledge in their training. Cybersecurity apprentices will also be able to work toward (ISC)²’s Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP®) certification as part of Firebrand’s Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship programme. As a leading industry membership body best known for the CISSP® certification, (ISC)² provides access to the most up-to-date skills by reflecting the experience of their professional membership currently working in the field.
“At Intersys, we’re always looking for the most talented cybersecurity engineers to work with us” said Richard Geyman, Technical Director at Intersys Ltd, and one of the programme’s early employers. “It’s great that Firebrand’s cybersecurity apprentices study towards (ISC)²’s SSCP certification, as it's one of the industry’s benchmarks of skill and understanding. We have recently hired a cybersecurity apprentice who trained with Firebrand. He is a seamless fit into our organisation, and has quickly become a crucial part of the team that works with our clients and secures their systems.”
Firebrand’s cyber apprentices gain the broad knowledge needed to meet the expectations of the Government’s Apprenticeship Standards, which seek to encapsulate the skills requirements of employers in the industry. Firebrand’s Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist programme ensures that apprentices have an understanding of cyber threats, hazards, risks, controls, measures and mitigations to protect organisations, systems, and people. By incorporating the SSCP, the programme benefits from the regular membership consultation and analysis of the typical tasks and knowledge requirements that uphold (ISC)² certifications. Spanning seven domains, ranging from security operations and administration to incident response and recovery, the SSCP content reflected offers a holistic view of the process and components required to secure IT infrastructure.
“The cybersecurity landscape is always changing and professionals of all levels need to ensure they have the latest knowledge and that can be applied in a business environment,” said Faisal Malik, Head of Business and Market Development, EMEA, (ISC)2. “Apprenticeships are a great way to learn on the job, achieve certifications and be exposed to the skills that are in demand now.”
Cyber Security Technologist apprentices follow a two-year programme beginning with an accelerated training at Firebrand’s pioneering residential training centre. They put their skills into practice at work with their employer once their course has finished, and gain the grounding to become fully certified as SSCP should they chose to do so.
“We're excited to have the (ISC)² Systems Security Certified Practitioner course on our programme, and are calling for more employers to help secure their IT systems through accelerated apprenticeship training. Apprenticeships are one of the key areas that can help strengthen and expand the digital skills workforce as they bring in fresh talent and valuable skills,” said Stefano Capaldo, Managing Director, Firebrand.
Ensuring enough people with cybersecurity skills in the workplace remains a huge concern for employers and governments. (ISC)²’s Global Information Security Workforce Study forecasts a global shortage of 1.5 million qualified cybersecurity professionals by 2020. The UK government has current commitments to create 3 million new apprenticeships across multiple sectors by 2020, increase their quality and give them equal legal treatment as degrees. As a result, apprentices are quickly gaining the skills that industry requires and are fast becoming another pipeline of talent that industry needs.
All (ISC)² professional certification programmes are developed and maintained as current through an ongoing process of job task analysis and consultation with experts working in the field. Anyone who earns the certification becomes a member of (ISC)², and has the opportunity to actively participate in this analysis; and thereby, the development of their discipline.
(ISC)² is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. Best known for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification, (ISC)² offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of a holistic, programmatic approach to security. Our membership, over 120,000 strong, is made up of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are making a difference and helping to advance the industry. Our vision is supported by our commitment to educate and reach the general public through our charitable foundation – The Center for Cyber Safety and EducationTM. Visit www.isc2.org.
© 2016, (ISC)² Inc., (ISC)², CAP, CCFP, CCSP, CISSP, CSSLP, HCISPP, SSCP and CBK are registered marks of (ISC)², Inc.
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