George Brown College launches cyber security upskilling program with support from TD Bank Group 

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With the support of TD Bank Group (TD) and in collaboration with the Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism (CILAR), George Brown College (George Brown) now offers the new Cyber Security for IT Professionals program at the Centre for Continuous Learning, which includes a series of innovative, self-paced, online and experiential micro-credentials related to cyber security roles that span across industry sectors. The next start date for the program is January 9, 2023.

As part of the collaboration, TD is supporting the development of the program by providing cyber security tech expertise in a consulting capacity.

"TD is proud to be working with George Brown on the new cyber security program to help educate the next generation of students and professionals in such an important and growing field," said Glenn Foster, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Platforms and Technology Governance, Enterprise Protect at TD.

CILAR is supporting the outreach strategy for the program, focused on reaching diverse communities to support more learning opportunities and build interest in and awareness of potential careers in cyber security. 

"CILAR was created with the collective belief that the future economy is being built through the innovation economy. We know it must be an inclusive experience with leadership and participation from underestimated communities. We are pleased to work with George Brown to help find pathways to the innovation economy through cyber security education," said Serena Nguyen, Executive Director at CILAR.

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Upskill and make a career shift  

Through the program at George Brown, students can work towards six micro-credentials in cyber security that will help prepare them for a range of positions in the cyber security sector, including:

  • Vulnerability Analyst
  • Threat Intel Analyst
  • Phishing Analyst
  • Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) Analyst
  • Cyber Security Incident Response (CSIR) Analyst
  • Watch Analyst

"The micro-credentials help create amazing opportunities for George Brown students to gain the knowledge and skillset to meet growing cyber security needs," said Dr. Gervan Fearon, President of George Brown College. "We are supporting our students and future generations of talent, and this is how we spell success at George Brown."

Setting students up for success in the digital economy

The Cyber Security for IT Professionals program builds on George Brown's commitment to lifelong learning and collaborating with industry and community organizations to help provide meaningful opportunities for students.

"Reskilling and upskilling the Canadian workforce is one of George Brown's ongoing commitments to Canadians and the innovation trajectory of the country," said Kizzy Rodney, Director of External and Community Relations at George Brown. "This program deepens our footprint in proactive and responsive education, a pathway that is being supported by TD and CILAR."