(ISC)² announced it will offer free certification and education for 100,000 cybersecurity career pursuers through the new (ISC)² entry-level cybersecurity certification to help expand the UK’s cybersecurity workforce. The 100K in the UK program represents a multi-year, multi-million-pound investment towards cybersecurity workforce skills development throughout the UK. 

 The scheme is open to all UK residents who do not hold an (ISC)² cybersecurity certification. Recent graduates, career changers and IT professionals looking to move into cybersecurity are encouraged to apply here

Once enrolled, participants will gain access to the online self-paced education course for the (ISC)² entry-level cybersecurity certification. Participants also will receive a voucher to cover the full cost of the (ISC)² entry-level cybersecurity certification exam, which they can pursue as soon as they feel ready. 

The exam can only be taken in person at an authorized Pearson VUE test center in the UK. 

After completing the exam, candidates will become full members of (ISC)² with access to a wide array of professional development resources to help them throughout their careers. The (ISC)² entry-level cybersecurity certification is the first step on a career-long journey that will help cybersecurity professionals gain experience and work toward advanced qualifications such as the (ISC)² CISSP and (ISC)² CCSP. 

 The (ISC)² entry-level cybersecurity certification exam evaluates candidates in the following five subject areas:  

  • Security Principles 
  • Business Continuity (BC), Disaster Recovery (DR) and Incident Response Concepts 
  • Access Controls Concepts  
  • Network Security  
  • Security Operations 

The exam outline provides additional details on each domain, and the online self-paced course materials help to guide candidates through the subject areas.  

“The cybersecurity profession needs the next generation to join its ranks now more than ever,” said Clar Rosso, CEO, (ISC)². “Through the 100K in the UK scheme, we are committed to giving 100,000 cybersecurity career pursuers the opportunity to achieve this certification for free, making a powerful contribution that positively impacts the UK’s cybersecurity workforce challenge today, not years from now.” 

For more information about the (ISC)² 100K in the UK scheme, including registration and enrollment instructions, and important terms and conditions, visit  https://cloud.connect.isc2.org/100K-inthe-UK