Cisco today announced a $10 million global Cyber security scholarship program and enhancements to its security certification.
Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president, Cisco Services, said:“Cyber security is essential to digital success. Many CEOs across the globe tell us their ability to innovate is hampered by their security concerns in the digital world. This creates a big future demand for skill sets that don’t exist at scale today.”
Cisco will invest $10 million in a two-year Global Cybersecurity Scholarship program to increase the pool of available talent with critical cybersecurity proficiency.
Cisco will offer training, mentoring and certification that align with the Security Operations Center Analyst industry job role.
Cisco will deliver the program in partnership with key Cisco Authorized Learning Partners. This training is designed to address the critical skills deficit, providing on-the-job readiness needed to meet current and future challenges of network security.
Cisco is also introducing a new Cyber Ops Certification to its portfolio of security certifications and revising its CCIE Security Certification.
CCNA Cyber Ops focuses on the role of the security analyst working in a Security Operations Center (SOC) which monitors systems and detects attacks. It introduces IT personnel to some of the skills needed in a SOC, giving them an understanding of how responses are coordinated.
The CCNA Cyber Ops expands Cisco’s existing associate-level certification offerings, which includes the CCNA Security designation, which focuses on the network security administrator role.
The CCIE Security revision addresses new expert-level skills and education needed to prepare security personnel for evolving technologies and security threats, said Cisco.