Cybersecurity has long been considered by many a mysterious and complex world. It’s time we pierce the veil and deploy a collaborative, inclusive, and diverse response to ongoing threats by creating an informed and empowered workforce. These threats are posed by a growing, well-funded, tightly-connected underground community built around trust.

So, what are you waiting for?

CyberNB is poised to lead the globe as it executes its cybersecurity workforce development strategy, now set up for scale and adoption. Through a mature network of collaborative bodies including government, academia, not-for-profits, and industry – CyberNB has been able to influence the outcomes of public and private education, change the perception that students, parents, and employers have regarding cybersecurity careers, and help reshape the way citizens think of digital skills in the current and future era(s) of technology.

But we don’t think that’s enough. The workforce of the future – that is, today’s (and tomorrow’s) youth need our help more than ever. At what age do you want the decision-makers of tomorrow to become aware of their responsibilities and the implications of operating in an increasingly digital/connected world? Should this be a new concept, learned at a mature age – or should digital citizenship be ingrained at an early stage, governing how we behave and interact with technology as a natural part of our development?

We are talking about individuals who, in less than 10 years, will be entering the workforce – more comfortable than any previous generation with the use of technology – but increasingly at risk, especially if we fail to properly equip and educate them. On the other hand, when we succeed in properly educating and empowering the next generation, the companies of the future will succeed.

The best part about all of this is the tremendous amount of opportunity for individuals, organizations, enterprises, and educators. From high-paying jobs in cybersecurity to a growing need for training and continuous education solutions, there is more than enough room for everyone to play – and for everyone to benefit. Let’s not forget the most important part: collaboration is a critical component of the CyberNB and Cybersecurity Workforce Development Strategy. We proudly leverage the expertise of industry, academia, not-for-profits, and all levels of government to build our programs and execute our mandate. A collective approach is required.

CyberNB aims to lead in meeting all global human resource needs in cybersecurity and related fields, and believes in network over hierarchy, active inclusiveness and diversity, and promotes a ‘say yes’ attitude. To date, we have enjoyed many successes at both the K-12 and post-secondary level, and in the continuous education category. And we continue to push the envelope to find new, creative ways to tackle this challenge in partnership with others.

To learn more, be sure to visit https://www.cybernb.ca/careers, and read Gartner’s recent case study on CyberNB.