Westcon-Comstor is proud to be a training partner with SeCops and Unitec in the Cyber Prep Academy. An initiative that addresses a real gap in the industry, in terms of qualified Cybersecurity professionals, with practical experience. You just need to look on Seek to see companies such as Inland Revenue and NZ Transport Agency advertising for Cybersecurity experts, roles that didn’t exist a few years ago.
Speaking with Laura Lesley-Pryor, HR Business Partner for Westcon-Comstor, she points out why this sort of enterprise has been welcomed with open arms by the IT Industry.
“The cybersecurity space is growing rapidly as organisations understand the criticality to protect themselves and their business. As a result, this creates a ‘war on talent’ in the sense that we just don’t have enough highly skilled and employable resources available in an already tight labour market.”
Unitec, ensuring they are providing value to New Zealand businesses, introduced Cybersecurity courses into their curriculum, such as the NZ Diploma of Cybersecurity, which is an NZQA approved course. To further enhance their course offerings, they are now collaborating with managed security services provider SecOps NZ, to provide an intensive course focused on practical real-world training on some of the industry’s leading cybersecurity technologies, which is a real game changer.
Global security vendors are also backing the venture, and students have the option of extending the course by four weeks to complete specific vendor security certifications.
Lesley-Pryor adds “Westcon-Comstor is excited to be a key partner with Cyber Prep Academy for this initiative. This allows us, in partnership with our Vendors, to directly influence the market with a practical, hands-on approach”.
Applications are now open for the first intake of students, with the course starting 18th February 2019.
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