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FITC Future of Work Academy (FOWA) launches school of cybersecurity, equipping young professionals with information and data security skills for industry and consumer protection


FITC, the world-class, innovation-led, and technology-driven knowledge institution which provides learning, advisory services, and policy advocacy to the Nigerian financial service sector and other sectors of the economy is set to commence its highly anticipated School of Cybersecurity in June 2023. This ground-breaking knowledge initiative aims to equip young professionals with information and data security skills for industry and consumer protection.

It will be recalled that FITC recently launched the FITC Future of Work Academy (FITC FOWA) at a highly impactful Roundtable event which brought together an impressive lineup of professionals from the financial services, cybersecurity, technology, consultants, and youths from across Africa. The Academy comprises the School of Cybersecurity, School of Analytics, School of Essential Skills, and the School of Office Suite.

The commencement of the FOWA School of Cybersecurity underscores FOWA’s commitment to shaping the future workforce by equipping individuals with the necessary tools to protect digital ecosystems and address the shortage of cybersecurity professionals globally. The 2020 Cybersecurity Workforce Study conducted by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)² projected a global shortage of 3.12 million cybersecurity professionals by 2022, highlighting the increasing demand for skilled individuals in this field. In an increasingly technology-driven world, where businesses heavily rely on technological infrastructure and digital platforms have become an inseparable part of our daily lives, the significance of cybersecurity has reached unparalleled heights.

Safeguarding data and systems has become an utmost priority, leading to an unprecedented surge in the demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals.

To register for the FITC FOWA School of Cybersecurity, click HERE https://fitc-ng.com/fowa/

FITC Future of Work recognizes this urgent need and has committed significant resources and expertise, alongside strategically partnering with CISCO Networking Academy to develop a comprehensive curriculum that caters to the ever-growing demand for cybersecurity professionals.

According to Chizor Malize, MD/CEO, FITC, the FITC Future of Work is fulfilling its commitment to shaping the future workforce by bringing industry thought leaders and practitioners to lead the learning process in the commencement of its School of Cybersecurity. “Cybersecurity is crucial in safeguarding businesses, organizations, and individuals from cyber threats. FOWA School of Cybersecurity provides the expertise of seasoned professionals who offer real-world insights, valuable industry connections, and a finger on the pulse of the cybersecurity landscape in empowering young individuals and professionals with the necessary skills and expertise to navigate this dynamic field and make a meaningful impact in ensuring digital security in Africa and globally” she said.

In an era where technology reigns supreme and digital threats loom large, cybersecurity has also emerged as a lucrative and highly sought-after career path. The demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals continues to soar, as organizations across industries recognize the critical need to safeguard their digital assets and sensitive information.

The 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report by Global Knowledge further emphasizes the financial rewards of a career in cybersecurity. According to this comprehensive study, cybersecurity professionals globally earn an average salary of $103,820 annually, with many positions offering six-figure incomes. These impressive figures not only reflect the increasing value placed on cybersecurity expertise but also underscore the potential for financial prosperity and career growth within the field.

The FOWA School of Cybersecurity is dedicated to providing a comprehensive learning experience tailored to the needs of individuals at various skill levels. With a focus on both beginners and experienced practitioners looking to elevate their expertise, the school offers a diverse range of programmes. These programmes are structured in a progressive manner, allowing students to advance through different levels according to their own pace and requirements.

To register for the FITC FOWA School of Cybersecurity, click HERE https://fitc-ng.com/fowa/

The Cybersecurity Foundation cohort serves as an excellent starting point, providing fundamental knowledge and skills for those new to the field. It lays a solid groundwork, ensuring a strong understanding of the core of cybersecurity. For individuals with prior experience or foundational knowledge, the Cybersecurity Intermediate level offers an opportunity to delve deeper into advanced concepts and techniques. This level builds upon the foundation established in the earlier cohort, enabling students to expand their expertise and proficiency. To further enhance practical skills and real-world application, the Cybersecurity Simulation Classes provide a hands-on learning environment. These classes simulate realistic cybersecurity scenarios, allowing students to sharpen their problem-solving abilities and gain valuable experience.

Upon completion of all levels, the Job Readiness programme prepares students to enter the cybersecurity workforce confidently. This programme equips them with the necessary tools, industry insights, and career guidance to excel in their professional journey.

By offering these progressive programmes, the FOWA School of Cybersecurity ensures that students receive a well-rounded learning that aligns with their individual goals and aspirations. Whether participants are just starting out or looking to advance their career, the school provides a structured pathway towards cybersecurity excellence.

The cutting-edge courses will also cover a wide spectrum of cybersecurity domains, including network security, data protection, ethical hacking, risk management, and digital forensics. Each programme has been meticulously crafted to provide hands-on training, interactive learning experiences, and practical industry insights to ensure students are well-prepared to tackle real-world cybersecurity challenges.

The commencement of the School of Cybersecurity will be accompanied by a series of engaging events, including webinars, an official induction ceremony, and industry expert talks, offering attendees an opportunity to delve into the world of cybersecurity and gain insights from renowned thought leaders in the field. Participants will have the chance to interact with cybersecurity professionals, ask questions, and discover the vast array of career opportunities available in this rapidly growing industry.

To commemorate the first edition, FITC Future of Work Academy (FOWA) is offering scholarships to all maiden registrants to enroll free for the School of Cybersecurity. Interested individuals are encouraged to visit the official FITC Future of Work website and enrol early to secure their spot and take advantage of this exclusive offer.

For more information about the FITC Future of Work School of Cybersecurity and to stay updated on the launch events, please click HERE https://fitc-ng.com/fowa/

About the FITC Future of Work Academy (FOWA):

The FITC Future of Work Academy (FOWA) is a pioneering global academy committed to equipping individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in the digital age. Through innovative education and professional development programmes, FITC Future of Work empowers learners to embrace emerging technologies, adapt to changing work dynamics, and excel in the future of work.