(ISC)² Unveils New Entry-Level Cybersecurity Certification Pilot Programme in Asia Pacific 

(ISC)² – the world’s largest nonprofit association of certified  cybersecurity professionals – today introduced its new entry-level certification pilot programme in Asia Pacific. The (ISC)2entry-level cybersecurity certification pilot serves as an entry point for  newcomers looking to join the fast-growing sector without prior IT or cybersecurity experience.  

The certification was developed to support and nurture a new generation of cybersecurity  professionals entering the field, no matter their age, industry, or skill level. From university graduates to mid-career professionals, the certification will assure employers that they have the  foundational knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in entry- and junior-level roles. 

“Our latest Cybersecurity Workforce Study found that the global cybersecurity workforce has a  shortage of 2.72 million professionals. Asia Pacific has the largest regional gap – 1.42 million  cybersecurity professionals are needed to meet demand. There is a clear need to build more  talent in the industry,” said Clar Rosso, Chief Executive Officer, (ISC)2. “Our new  foundational certification will support the creation of new career opportunities for individuals  entering the cybersecurity workforce and narrow the skills gap. Together with our other  advanced certifications, (ISC)2now offers one of the industry’s broadest range of programmes  for professionals of all skill levels and at all career stages.” 

The (ISC)² entry-level cybersecurity certification pilot programme evaluates candidates across  five domains – security principles, business continuity (BC), disaster recovery (DR) and incident  response concepts, access controls concepts, network security, and security operations.  Candidates who successfully complete the programme will be exposed to fundamental technical  concepts and cybersecurity best practices, providing a strong foundation for them to attain more  experience and industry qualifications over time. 

The conclusion of the pilot program and launch of the official entry-level certification program is  expected later this summer. 

Once the pilot programme concludes, future plans include translating the English exam into  Chinese, Japanese, and Korean for candidates in the region. The move will also serve to smoothen  the transition for new entrants into the sector, and ensure that it remains unhindered by language  barriers. 

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