IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

(ISC)2 offers free cyber security certifications to one million people

The scheme builds on the earlier efforts to provide 100,000 people in the UK with free cyber security training

Cyber security professional association (ISC)2 has announced that it will be offering its entry-level cyber security certification for free to 1 million people.

The initiative is an extension of the ‘100k in the UK scheme’ announced earlier this year and aims to tackle the cyber security skills gap which (ISC)2 said stands at 2.7 million.

Related Resource

The challenge of securing the remote working employee

The IT Pro Guide to Sase and successful digital transformation

Whitepaper cover featuring a man and woman reflected by a wall of computer screensFree Download

The certification on offer is the (ISC)2 Certified in Cybersecurity qualification which was originally introduced at the start of the year as a pilot program.

Included in the package is the certification exam itself, plus the self-paced training course too. 

At least 500,000 of the individuals receiving the free certification will be from “a range of diverse backgrounds and circumstances,” the organisation said.

Specifically, the organisation will be approaching historically black colleges and universities, minority-serving institutions, tribal organisations, and women’s organisations across the US and the globe.

Current university students, recent graduates, those seeking a career change, and other professionals are all encouraged to participate in the initiative, especially those currently employed by, or looking to be employed by, SMBs

Registration for the certification will begin in September, shortly after the current pilot program ends in August and once qualified, students will become members of (ISC)2.

Membership to (ISC)2 gives students access to additional development resources, it said, and the certification provides a starting platform to go and attain further certifications like the CISSP and CCSP. 

The Certified in Cybersecurity certification will cover five main domains deemed essential to understanding the foundations of cyber security:

“It is a resounding call to action for organisations serious about expanding the cybersecurity workforce to make the necessary investments now to break down barriers and clear obstacles for anyone interested in a cyber security career,” said Clar Rosso, CEO at (ISC)2. 

“We support the aims of the Biden Administration, the US National Cyber Director and administrations around the world focused on this critical issue. We are proud to announce this initiative alongside so many others who share a strong commitment to addressing our cybersecurity workforce challenges and look forward to building the public-private partnerships needed to accomplish our goal of ‘One Million Certified in Cybersecurity’.”

Featured Resources

The state of Salesforce: Future of business

Three articles that look forward into the changing state of Salesforce and the future of business

Free Download

The mighty struggle to migrate SAP to the cloud may be over

A simplified and unified approach to delivering Enterprise Transformation in the cloud

Free Download

The business value of the transformative mainframe

Modernising on the mainframe

Free Download

The Total Economic Impact™ Of IBM FlashSystem

Cost savings and business benefits enabled by FlashSystem

Free Download

Most Popular

Cyber attack on software supplier causes "major outage" across the NHS
cyber attacks

Cyber attack on software supplier causes "major outage" across the NHS

8 Aug 2022
Electrical explosion reported at Google's Iowa data centre
data centres

Electrical explosion reported at Google's Iowa data centre

9 Aug 2022
Why convenience is the biggest threat to your security
Sponsored

Why convenience is the biggest threat to your security

8 Aug 2022