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launch a career in cyber security

about the cyber security program

September 20 – December 17, 2021

The Cyber Security program consists of two courses: Survey of Information Security, and CompTIA Security+ (SY0-601).

Survey of Information Security
This course will help you to understand the world of cyber security for organizations, including topics such as cryptography, security management, compliance and more. It covers how organizations protect assets, guide, evaluate and manage information security programs. This course explains common security compliance requirements, vulnerability management processes, penetration testing and how to detect and respond to security incidents before they occur to minimize damage to your organization.

The CompTIA Security+ will help you prepare for the CompTIA Security+ (exam code SY0-601), but does not include the exam.

By the end of the course, participants will have the essential foundation to design and architect a secure solution to protect a company’s data and assets.

All of our program content is delivered in pre-recorded video courses. This program is a great fit for you if you love to learn online, are self-motivated, and can dedicate 5+ hours a week to the program.
To be eligible for our programs you must be 18 years or older and have completed a high school GED or equivalent. You must also be a resident of Nova Scotia or Newfoundland & Labrador.

Applications for this program run from September 20 – December 17, 2021


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what you’ll learn

Survey of Information Security

Information Security

In this skill set, we understand how organizations protect assets, guide, evaluate and manage information security programs.

Cryptography

Cryptography is an important part of information security planning. This course will teach you some of the basics of cryptographic algorithms and how to select the appropriate one to encrypt your data.

Security Architecture
and Design

Participants will have the essential foundation to design and architect a secure solution to protect a company’s data and assets.

Security Management

In this course, you’ll learn the foundations of effective security management programs, including organizing a program, risk management and organizational resilience.

Incident Detection
and Response

Learning to detect and respond to security incidents before they occur greatly minimizes damage to your organization.

CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+

Prepare for the global certification exam by learning the baseline skills needed to perform core security functions and pursue a career in IT.

Attacks, Threats and Vulnerabilities

In this course you will be introduced to potential indicators of compromise and the various intelligence sources used to identify and combat these threats. Penetration testing tools and techniques will also be introduced.

Architecture and Design

You will be introduced to the multi-pronged approach of information security, focusing on the architecture and design that supports it.

Implementation of Secure Solutions

This chapter will focus on the various ways to secure the company’s systems, network and date using secure protocols, hardware and software.

Operations and Incident Response

You will learn how to assess your organizational security and respond to cyber-related incidents in this course

Governance, Risk and Compliance

This course is focused on risk assessment across all facets of an organization. You’ll explore different types of control that can be put in place to limit exposure and several methodologies, frameworks and best practices to develop policy and ensure compliance.

Job Search

Even before you begin looking for employment, it’s important to assess your skills, attitude, and responsibilities. This online course path will make sure you’re ready to find and keep a job and grow your career.

Workplace Productivity

This online course path will help you develop strong communication, the ability to deal with customers and difficult people, and various other transferable skills in addition to your technical web design and development training.

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additional program benefits

Although the majority of this program is self-directed, you will also have access to consistent support from the Skills for Hire team throughout the duration of the 12 weeks through our live-demo sessions, program slack channel, career kickstarter series and industry mentorship.

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Live demo sessions

You will have the option of dropping into weekly live demo sessions over Zoom each week with a Skills for Hire program specialist. These sessions are designed to help you better understand the web development skills you are learning through watching one of our program specialists perform hands-on web development live over Zoom. Our live demo sessions will offer a deep dive into a different aspect of the curriculum each week.

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Program slack channel

The Skills for Hire Slack channel is an online virtual messaging platform that allows you to connect with your peers and the Skills for Hire team. Each week we will post  resources, tips, and suggestions for how you can practice your skills and launch your career. You will have access to the Skills for Hire Slack channel for the 12-week duration of the program.

career kickstarter series

Once you acquire all of your skills for hire, we want you to feel confident and ready to find work! During weeks 3, 5 and 7 of the program, you will have the chance to take part in 1 hour career kickstarter sessions over Zoom with our partners at EnPoint Mentorship. This 3-part series will guide you through lively discussion and hands-on activities that will help you to identify your career goals, grow your online network, polish your resume, and practice your interview skills.

industry mentorship

Skills for Hire is pleased to be partnering with the Halifax Partnership’s Connector Program, in order to match  students of the Skills for Hire program with qualified ICT & Tech industry mentors across the HRM. Each participating student will have the opportunity to be matched with a connector working in the sector. Once they have had a chance to connect, the connector will then connect you with another member in their professional network in the region.


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“Thoroughly immersed in the learning experience provided by Skills for Hire. The course work along with job search strategies really helped me narrow down on my area of specialization and at the same time helped expand my horizon of skill sets. To top it all, the live workshops really proved to be the icing on the cake, an apt program at the right time. This program did wonders for me, thank you Skills for Hire!”

Vinamra Mathur
Former Skills for Hire Student

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