(ISC)² – the non-profit membership association of certified cyber security professionals – has announced the founding of its Professional Development Institute (PDI) to combat one of the largest challenges facing the cyber security community today, namely the global shortage of skilled and trained professionals to defend organisations against the evolving onslaught of cyber threats.
Provided as a free portfolio of course offerings to (ISC)2 members and associates, the PDI will help enhance their skills and abilities by providing access to rich Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities that augment the knowledge they’ve gained throughout their careers.
“For 30 years, (ISC)2 has been preparing cyber security professionals for our rigorous certifications, and now we’re also investing in the essential learning that comes after certification,” stated CEO David Shearer CISSP. “The Professional Development Institute is a recognition that cyber security education is a lifelong journey, and that achieving professional certification, while important, is only one stop along the way. These new CPD opportunities are enriching and rewarding and provide valuable and topical insights that will help our members continue to grow and progress.”
The multi-year strategy for the PDI encompasses the addition of 18 new staff over the next two years who will join the more than 160 existing global employees of the association. These new staff will manage content development, curriculum building, quality control, communications, logistics and administration.
The PDI builds on the successful 2018 pilot launch of three professional development courses provided at no additional fee to members and associates. Topics included the ‘General Data Protection Regulation for Security Professionals’, ‘DevSecOps’ and ‘Building a Strong Culture of Security’. Focus groups and member surveys provided insight into the professional development needs of security professionals and the results have and will continue to inform the evolution of the PDI’s curriculum strategy.
Member subject matter experts will guide the development of the course material, supported by a team of highly-qualified adult education experts and creative professionals. This will enable (ISC)2 to develop a robust catalogue of CPD courses and offerings with the ability to continuously refresh that catalogue based upon clearly articulated member needs. In 2019 alone there will be up to 30 new courses introduced as part of the portfolio.
Designed for working professionals
The PDI courses will help (ISC)2 members and associates enhance their professional skills through convenient, high quality education. Making the courses available in an easily-accessible online format will help members maintain a work-life balance.
“Cyber security is not a nine-to-five profession, and one of the biggest challenges facing our members is that it can be difficult for them to find time and opportunities to continue to enhance their skills while also dealing with a dynamic threat environment,” added Shearer. “Time constraints and cost are two burdens that we’re trying to alleviate for members and associates with the PDI, while ensuring that these CPD opportunities have learning objectives that are clearly aligned with current industry challenges.”
*To learn more about the PDI and the courses now on offer visit: https://www.isc2.org/development