International not-for-profit membership association (ISC)2 and Learning Tree International have announced a global agreement designed to enhance the development of professional cyber security practice around the world. (ISC)2 certifications will now be recognised within Learning Tree’s proprietary course library and provided within the commercial training frameworks it maintains on behalf of major organisations, among them the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency).
The collaboration broadens access to the best cyber security practices, knowledge and principles documented over 28 years by (ISC)2’s global community of more than 120,000 practising information security professionals.
This agreement follows on from Learning Tree’s February announcement of a commercial training contract to be delivered across 40 sites serving up to 33,000 NATO staff and which includes cyber security among other technical and programme management disciplines.
NCI Agency services are designed to support NATO consultation, Command and Control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.
Through this agreement, Learning Tree will also include (ISC)² training and certifications within its programmes that align with the National Initiative for Cyber Security Education’s Cyber Security Workforce Framework under the US Department of Commerce and the National Institute for Standards and Technology.
Cyber security: a growing priority
Sean Craig, managing director for Learning Tree International in the EMEA region, notes that cyber security is a growing priority. “As the ever-evolving threat of cyber security attacks continues to grow, our clients are intensifying their efforts to both develop and demonstrate that they have the skills to face it. For this reason, we’re finding that formal certification and professional recognition for cyber security roles are becoming a key priority for many.”
In response, Faisal Malik (head of business and market development for (ISC)2 in the EMEA region) stated: “Learning Tree lends a significant boost to our commitment on supporting organisations around the world in their ongoing battle against cyber threats. As a global membership body, (ISC)2 has a unique opportunity to maintain the breadth of practice knowledge and verify it by people working on the front lines. Partnerships such as this one ensure we can reach the people that need assistance and add the credibility of professional recognition to the challenging work that they do.”
Forecasts for a global cyber security skills shortage have grown by 20% to reach an estimated total of 1.8 million in 2022. That’s according to the Centre for Cyber Safety and Education’s 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study, which has been benchmarking workforce development for (ISC)2 and the world since 2004.
The study also reports that Governments and companies are already feeling the impact of the shortage, with 66% of the more than 19,000 respondents stating they have too few cyber security professionals working for them today and 46% of the more than 1,000 UK participants in particular struggling to find the talent they’re actively seeking.
(ISC)2 certifications confirm comprehensive professional knowledge in the critical areas needed to develop and protect systems and data in current business and working environments. The organisation’s commitment to continuing education is helping professionals and their employers to keep pace with ever-changing requirements.