How cyber security is driving the jobs of the future
October 29, 2018
A recent report released by Deloitte, in collaboration with the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA), outlines the urgent need for Canada to develop our cyber security human resources.
The changing faces of cybersecurity: Closing the cyber risk gap finds that the needfor cyber talent in Canada is increasing by 7% annually, with statistics showing Canadian organizations will need to hire some 8,000 cybersecurity by 2021.This is an exciting opportunity for Canadians, including students, to prepare themselves for a career that is in demand now, and will continue to be.
But from an education and training perspective, where do you even start? Depending on what stage you (or your kids) are at in an education or career track, here are some things to consider:
Elementary School Students:
- Check out platforms such as Scratch Animation to start learning how to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively
- Sign up for programs such as Canada Learning Code or Hackergal for fun learning experiences
Middle and High School Students:
- Learn to code a Raspberry Pi — an affordable, single-board computing device designed to help you learn how to program
- Look into the CyberTitan online competition
- Join your high school’s computer science club and sign up for high school level hackathons such as Massey Hacks at Vincent Massey High School, in Windsor Ontario.
- Many universities and colleges across Canada are integrating cyber security into their curricula such as the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity at the University of New Brunswick
- Join a university “hackathon,” such as Hack the North, Hackfest, the Jeux CS, or one of many others across Canada
The Deloitte report a developed seven key “personas” representing the types of interests that may lead people into a career in cyber security, including “Scientist,” “Sleuth,” and “Defender.” If you’re just starting your career, or are interested in changing your path, it’s worth exploring opportunities for further education, training, or professional development in your community, online, or at work.
Take a moment to explore how you could have a future in cyber security at the Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity, and the Communications Security Establishment.
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