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(ISC)²® Global Academic Program (GAP)

Through the Global Academic Program (GAP), (ISC)²® collaborates with an ever-expanding network of university partners to establish a joint framework for delivering essential skills to support the growth of a qualified information security workforce.  Industry-Academic cooperation can bridge the workforce gap between the large demand for qualified cybersecurity professionals and the number of skilled professionals who are prepared for the market.

GAP Program Focus

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  • Provide education and training that are incorporated into an overall approach for academic curriculum development
  • Create "just in time" joint academic and industry content
  • Influence the "readiness" of the future IT professional
  • Emphasize the importance of education, certification, and continual learning (CPEs), increasing workplace value

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  • Thought leadership collaboration (roundtables, executive panels)
  • Workforce analysis
  • Conference participation
  • Track development
  • Grant  collaboration
  • Engagement with regulatory and standards issuing boards (e.g., NIST, NICE, ISO, IEEE, CISSE, DOL) 

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Connect with future IT professionals and nurture potential (ISC)²® membership:

  • Global Chapters
  • Young Professionals Network
  • Foundation

Join a global network of colleges and universities around the world that influence the next generation information security professionals. The program is open to accredited educational institutions that have programs or grant degrees in the IT realm.

The Value of Becoming a GAP Member

  • Access to up-to-date (ISC)²®-certified educational resources and tools
  • Joint collaboration on "just in time" academic and industry research and course development
  • Co-sponsored events with industry and other educational leaders
  • Faculty and student discounts on (ISC)²® products and programs
  • Faculty and student discount on certification exam vouchers
  • Visibility as a member on the (ISC)²® website and other publications 
  • Access to (ISC)²® Chapters and an elite network of 100,000 certified industry professionals worldwide

For more information email and download the Global Academic slip sheet.


PERSPECTIVES: Integrating Cybersecurity into Computer Science Curricula white paper

In June 2013, members of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing met with UK-based professionals, all certified members of (ISC)²®, to discuss how to engage universities in the development of cybersecurity talent. The concern was that despite an undeniable skills gap within cybersecurity, it was not apparent that the subject was being addressed within computer science or computer-related degrees. This white paper summarizes the findings from the June 2013 meeting, offering much needed context into why cybersecurity has become such a priority, growing expectations of the university sector, and the opportunities for computer science and computer-related degrees.


GAP Members

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College of Southern MarylandJames Madison University

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Harrisburg CollegeKBC

Concordia University College of AlbertaPolk State College

Thomas CollegeUniversity of Tampa - Cybersecurity

Institute of Public AdministrationSaint Leo University

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