Designed by Google’s security specialists, our training programme will increase the number of individuals working in cybersecurity, address a significant skills gap, and help keep the United States safe from an ever-changing threat landscape
Google has historically prioritised the security of its products and has done its part to safeguard individuals, organisations, and governments by disseminating knowledge and developing new cybersecurity resources. The urgency of this task has only increased: There was a 38% increase in worldwide cyberattacks in 2017, putting at greater danger institutions like governments, hospitals, and power grids. Despite the critical nature of the danger, there are presently over 750,000 empty positions in cybersecurity in the United States. Hispanic, Black, and female workers are underrepresented, so there is room to increase diversity in the workplace.
Google is dedicated to working with others to strengthen the cybersecurity workforce and provide access to careers in the industry. In addition to our existing Google Career Certificates in data analytics, IT support, business intelligence, and more, we are pleased to announce the release of the Google Cybersecurity Certificate today.
The Certificate is produced and taught by Google’s cybersecurity experts as part of the company’s larger commitment to training the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. More people from all around the world will have access to better chances, and the ever-increasing number of open cyber posts will be filled faster and more efficiently.
Within six months of finishing one of our Google Career Certificates in the United States, 75% of students report a favourable impact on their careers, such as a new job, increased income, or a promotion. More than half (55%) of recent grads are of Asian, Black, or Latinx descent.1
Facilitating more entry points into the cyber field by sharing our knowledge
Our new Certificate complements the Google Career Certificates we already provide in areas including data analytics, digital marketing and e-commerce, IT support, project management, and user experience design. Learners can expect to gain an understanding of typical risks, threats, and vulnerabilities, as well as methods for mitigating them, via the Google Cybersecurity Certificate.
Participants will gain practical experience with Python, Linux, and a variety of security tools, such as Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) software, which is widely used in the business. This credential will also help students get ready for the CompTIA Security+ test, which is widely recognised as the gold standard in the cybersecurity field. When students fulfil both requirements, they will have a more marketable set of credentials to put on their resume.
Grantees of Google.org, such as NPower and Hiring our Heroes, and organisations like Cyversity, Raices Cyber, and Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS), will provide the Google Cybersecurity Certificate in an effort to close the opportunity gap and attract a more diverse pool of talent to the cybersecurity industry. In addition, they will help students find employment by providing services like career counselling and interview practise.
Our programme is tailored to the demands of the business community.
To address urgent skills shortfalls in a variety of sectors, Google and its partners established the Google Career Certificates Employer Consortium in 2018. American Express, Colgate-Palmolive, Mandiant (now part of Google Cloud), T-Mobile, Walmart, and Google are just some of the more than 150 companies that are part of the consortium.
Our Certificate holders are looked at favourably by the Employer Consortium members who are hiring for entry-level positions. The cybersecurity teams of many members of the Consortium beta evaluated the content and provided comments to guarantee that job seekers who have completed the Cybersecurity Certificate can satisfy the needs of businesses with open entry-level opportunities.
The Cybersecurity Certificate will also be made available at a number of other schools, such as Northern Virginia Community College, the University of Texas System, Syracuse University, and Purdue University. More than 400 schools across all 50 states now offer Google Career Certificates to assist students break into potential new fields of work. Schools that are interested in enrolling pupils are encouraged to do so. Companies that are interested in hiring our Certificate programme graduates or in retraining their current staff can become members of our employer consortium.
We are well aware of the importance of having the proper personnel in place to deal with the growing sophistication of cyber threats and its knock-on effects on critical infrastructure and the economy. The United States has lost over $27.6 billion2 due to cybercrime during the past five years.
. We’re dedicated to working with other institutions—including governments, businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, and others—to train a workforce with the knowledge and skills necessary to strengthen defences against cyber threats and make the world a more secure place for everyone.
The Google Cybersecurity Certificate and details on how to enrol can be found on their website at grow.google/cybersecurity.