Securing your digital footprint
After more than a year of working remotely, we’ve all learned a thing or two about the possibilities of an expanded digital landscape. But, while the world of technology opens access and opportunity for us all, it also comes with the requirement to remain vigilant.
Did you know? In October, Statistics Canada reported that 21% of the overall Canadian business population reported being impacted by cybersecurity incidents in 2019: that’s equal to 43% of large businesses, 29% of medium-sized businesses, and 18% of small businesses. The World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Risks report also ranked cyberattacks on critical infrastructure fifth on its list of largest risks to global order, and predicted that by 2021, cybercrime damages might reach US$6 trillion, what would be equivalent to the GDP of the world’s third largest economy.
Protecting networks, information, systems, and infrastructure is now an essential part of keeping all Canadians and Canadian businesses safe. And, as the cybersecurity sector continues to change and grow rapidly, producing highly skilled professionals is top of mind for colleges and institutes. For example:
- At its Cyber Security Centre of Excellence, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT) is launching a series of short-term training, microcredentials, and certifications for in-demand skills in cybersecurity in partnership with EC-Council, a global information security certification body. Through the Cyber Bootcamps, individuals and business leaders can develop skills in areas such as ethical hacking, penetration testing, and security operations analysis. EC-Council also recently joined forces with Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) to help alleviate a global shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals.
- Also at CCNB, the Cybersecurity program gives students technical and analytical skills to secure data; protect computers, information networks, and electronic infrastructure; as well as to evaluate the vulnerability and consequences of security risks.
- Centennial College’s Cybersecurity program is a one-year graduate certificate designed to address increasing demand for security professionals trained in key cybersecurity concepts like cryptography, cyber forensics, and network security. Students learn in a modern cybersecurity lab established in collaboration with the college’s industry partners.
- At BCIT, the Schools of Energy and of Computing and Academic Studies joined forces to launch an interdisciplinary Diploma in Industrial Network Cybersecurity that gives students an understanding of the unique computing and networking requirements of industrial control systems.
- Similarly, SAIT offers four programs related to cybersecurity, including the Cyber Security for Control Systems post-graduate certificate, which addresses the business risks specific to securing control systems in sectors such as drilling and well sites, power plants, power grid, water plants, manufacturing, production lines, telecommunications, and hospitals.
- At Bow Valley College, IT, computer engineering, and software development graduates can upgrade their skills with the Cybersecurity post-diploma certificate focusing on operating system concepts, introductory computer forensics and network protocols.
- At Sheridan College, the Cybersecurity – Legal and Ethical Policies and Procedures program is a supplementary credential that builds on foundations in cybersecurity for those looking to building careers combining passions for information technology and law.
- At Sault College, the Cybersecurity – Canadian Context program gives students a look at IT security in Canada, security performance testing, vulnerability assessments, and forensic analysis of security breaches focusing on popular Canadian operating systems and corporate infrastructure.
- Cyber Security at Nova Scotia Community College, builds on computer and programming training to prepare students for careers in the growing field of cyber security, including ethical hacking techniques, risk analysis, and cryptography (a method of protecting information and communications through the use of codes).
- The Centre for Technology Transfer in Telecommunications (C2T3) at Cégep de Trois-Rivières provides industry partners with technological innovation, research, and high-end solutions that ensure the reach, speed, security, and interoperability of wireless telecommunications, wireless devices, and Internet of Things.
- The Attestation d’études collégiales (AEC) in Cyber Investigation (Cyberenquête) from Cégep Garneau teaches students to detect infractions, predict cyberattacks, resolve cybercrimes, and document an individual’s virtual imprint.
- Justice Institute of British Columbia just launched a new online Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Analysis designed to provide the advanced knowledge and applied, analytical skills to help professionals prevent, detect and respond to the constantly evolving threats of cybercrime that transcend national borders.
- At Seneca College the eight-month Cybersecurity and Threat Management program developed in partnership with Toronto Finance International will meet the need for a pool of skilled work-ready cybersecurity professionals to address the increasing number and complexity of cyber challenges companies are facing today and into the future.
- And, the Durham College Centre for Cybersecurity Innovation is a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity ecosystem that offers current and aspiring cybersecurity professionals access to applied research services and leading-edge training to prepare for the ever-changing and complex threat landscape.
As cybersecurity becomes more important in all aspects of our lives, we are building a network of experts, Chief Information Officers (CIOs), and IT professionals to strengthen college and institute leadership in this space:
- Take part in the special extracurricular session on Information Technology & Security at our upcoming Connection Conference to share challenges and opportunities as institutions become more digital and to learn more about our new Information Technology and Security Network and Information Technology and Security Advisory Committee!
- The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) is also looking for post-secondary institutions and affiliated research institutions to become members and to help shape digital research infrastructure in Canada.
- Take extra precautions to protect the security of your institution’s research, intellectual property, and knowledge. Explore the federal government’s new Safeguarding Your Research Portal.
We have also partnered with Field Effect to ensure colleges and institutes can continue to enhance their cybersecurity programming. Our members can benefit from Cyber Range, a cybersecurity-training platform that provides rich environment simulations and opportunities for hands-on learning.
- Work with Field Effect to train students on vital online technologies and take advantage of the results of years of research and development by the brightest talents in the cyber-security industry.
Perspectives LIVE: “Changing the narrative in post-secondary education
This past year has been one characterized by change in global economic systems, in new technologies and workforce needs, and in calls to address social injustice and inequality. But with challenges comes the opportunity to redesign a paradigm that reflects the world we wish to build. As leaders now begin to look forward, future-oriented post-secondary institutions must also re-evaluate their role in Canada’s innovation ecosystem.
In post-secondary education, what does it mean to change the narrative? What strategies can we employ to ensure that the challenges we face have lasting positive impacts and help build a future characterized by inclusivity, accessibility, equality, and sustainability?
Register for the next special episode of Perspectives LIVE! Our speakers and college and institute champions will take you into the depths of change, of looking forward, and of rewriting the future of post-secondary education!
In two weeks, we will be changing the narrative!
Our Connection Conference is coming to your screens from April 26-28. Explore the program and presentation gallery, choose your favourite sessions, and select your personalized one-, two-, or three-day registration package. Don’t miss this opportunity with already more than 950 people expected to take part!
Build a connection beyond your screen
Beyond the keynote speakers, live sessions, and pre-recorded presentations, engage with experts on the biggest subjects of the year in daily extracurricular activities and unique networking opportunities:
- On gender equality, student mobility, and partnerships in international education;
- On challenges and opportunities facing applied research offices;
- On sustainability and prosperity in Indigenous, rural, remote, and northern communities;
- On strategies for information technology and security in a digital world.
Follow up: more on microcredentials!
Building on the national framework, definition, and guiding principles on microcredentials we released last month, our new study helps paint a full picture of the latest trends in lifelong learning!
The new study is based on an environmental scan and a survey of colleges and institutes and shows how these flexible and accessible learning options are gaining ground across the country, and how institutions are coming to a common understanding of their purpose, characteristics and value. Read the full report.
- Tomorrow, join our interactive webinar “Perspectives on the Canadian Microcredential Landscape” for a deeper look on the subject.
StatsCan : new data on educational pathways
A new study from Statistics Canada on the educational pathways of Canadians found that, among students who graduated with a certificate or diploma from a public college or institute between 2010 and 2018, 8% had previously completed a Canadian bachelor’s degree. And, among the most common fields of study for these students were business, management and public administration; health and related fields; and social and behavioural sciences and law.
This study uses data from the Postsecondary Student Information System and the 2016 Census of Population to examine the characteristics and outcomes of recent college graduates with a prior bachelor’s degree. Importantly, the paper helps fill knowledge gaps on college and institute credentials completed after a bachelor’s degree, and the prevalence, nature and outcomes of this educational pathway.
- We were pleased to collaborate on and participate in the peer review of this study! Read the full study from Statistics Canada.
Must read: colleges and institute supporting Canada’s biomanufacturing sector
To ensure that Canada is well-positioned to respond to future health emergencies, with Tech-Access Canada and Synchronex, we submitted recommendations to federal consultations on expanding capacity and promoting long-term sustainable growth in Canada’s biomanufacturing sector.
“Networks of Innovation” highlights three recommendations that leverage college and institute capacity in strengthening Canada’s biomanufacturing sector, including:
- Consultation with colleges and institutes to determine current training capacity;
- Specific funding for partnered college and institute applied research to strengthen the link between fundamental research and commercialization; and,
- Support for the development of networks that enable all research partners to innovate.
Amplify Indigenous voices in TVET with the WFCP
The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) is looking for leaders and Indigenous education practitioners committed to working together to advance the voices of Indigenous populations in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) to join its new Indigenous Education Affinity Group!
This new Affinity Group will be a space to connect and work together, to provide input on priorities in Indigenous education and skills development, enable leaders to support each other, and identify recommendations for WFCP members on advancing Indigenous education.
The group will be chaired by Kory Wilson, Kwakwaka’wakw from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia and the executive director of Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships at the British Columbia Institute of Technology! Connect with Kory to join the group and help shape its mandate.
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