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Friday, April 8 • 10:15 - 11:00
New Pathways into Cybersecurity Careers: Bridging the Workforce Gap with a Diverse Labour Force, Upskilling, and Work-Integrated Learning.

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Cybersecurity incidents impacted just over one-fifth (21%) of all Canadian businesses in 2017. Canada ranked third worldwide for the number of data breaches, next to the United States and the United Kingdom. In addition, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority reported in 2018 that 4 in 10 Canadian SMEs experienced phishing and virus attacks: about a third experienced Trojans and spyware, while 27% had been attacked by ransomware.

Canada’s demand for cybersecurity talent is increasing. With each new innovative cybersecurity product entering the market, the pioneers leading the charge behind the scenes represent an increasingly diverse and specialized set of technical skills. In addition, longstanding institutions and sectors in finance, utilities, healthcare, among others, increasingly require in-house cybersecurity personnel to help them guard against digital attacks. Yet, in Canada, the resounding message from employers is that it is difficult to find this skilled personnel.

Addressing the challenge of a dearth of highly skilled, experienced professionals is a complex issue that hinges on a holistic understanding of the cybersecurity ecosystem and career pathways. ICTC will present its analysis of the demand for cybersecurity personnel and identify several constructive opportunities for addressing this issue, as outlined in its study Searching for Hidden Talent.

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Tyler Farmer

Manager, Special Projects & Marketing Strategy, Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)
Tyler Farmer is the Manager of Special Projects & Marketing Strategy at the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC). Prior to joining ICTC, Tyler worked in Nova Scotia’s economic development and tech eco-system collaborating with regional partners to develop world-class... Read More →

Friday April 8, 2022 10:15 - 11:00 ADT
Track 4 - Summit Suite - Room 612/613