The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) and the Royal Canadian Mountain Police – Canadian Police College (RCMP) collaborated on two, full-day interactive learning events on cyber security with 120 Ottawa and Gatineau secondary school students at the Canadian Police College’s Technological Crime Learning Institute in Ottawa on December 19th and 20th. The first day was offered in English and the second day was offered in French.
Cyber security is an important issue to educate students on. ICTC estimates that by 2023, Canada will see a demand for approximately 40,000- 53,000 cyber security practitioners (such as certified information systems security professionals, security architects, security engineers, security specialists, etc.) and in total there will be over 100,000 cyber security related jobs created (including occupations like ethical hacker, virus technician, vulnerability assessor, etc.) across a variety of industries.
This CyberDay provided students with hands-on, interactive learning about the cyber security threats we are facing and the skills needed to safeguard our privacy and protect the integrity of Canadian companies and governments. Students had the chance to engage in interactive learning to educate themselves on the skills necessary to secure a network in a fun and interactive way. The RCMP’s Technological Crime Learning Institute presented two workshops for the students on personal cyber security. During lunch the students had the opportunity to interact with industry mentors from IBM, Public Safety Canada, Point3D Commercial Imaging and Cisco Networking Academy, to name a few, to discuss the details and opportunities for a cyber security career in Canada.
“We are delighted to be working with the RCMP – Canadian Police College on such an important initiative. Not only did students have the chance to engage in critical thinking and problem-solving challenges, they also had the opportunity to learn firsthand from leading industry professionals with varying career paths in this space” said Namir Anani, President and CEO of ICTC.
This CyberDay is one example of the multiple education-focused events that ICTC’s Digital Development and Acceleration of Skills Hub (DASH), an initiative funded through the Government of Canada’s CanCode Initiative, is hosting across Canada.
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