(ISC)² invests in professional development of global cyber security workforce

(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)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)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)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

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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