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Free cybersecurity training by edX aims to reduce skills gap

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Check Point and edX will provide free cybersecurity online courses to remove the barriers to upskilling in this field.


By U2B Staff 

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The shortage of skills in cybersecurity caused by a lack of cybersecurity training is impacting 70% of organisations and this decline is now in its fourth consecutive year. In an effort to address this issue, Check Point Software has partnered with an online learning provider, edX in order to offer free cybersecurity training courses in cybersecurity.

The need for skills in cybersecurity is growing, and is important now more than ever, as billions of users around the world are now heavily utilising online tools and platforms to carry out business operations.

However, nearly two-thirds of organisations reported a shortage of cybersecurity staff last year, with 36% citing a lack of skilled or experienced security personnel as their number one workplace concern.

Additionally, the fourth annual global study of cybersecurity professionals by the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and independent industry analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) reveals that this shortage has worsened over the past few years.

The shortage in this skill area is impacting most organisations in various ways and the most common effects include uneven workload for employees and unfilled positions.

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These free cybersecurity training courses that are made available through this collaboration between Check Point and edX will aim to provide upskilling opportunities to students or IT professionals on cyber threats and security management, as well as those looking to start a new career in the sector.

edX is a Harvard and MIT-founded online learning platform used by 30 million learners as well as the top-ranking universities and industry-leading companies globally while Check Point is a multinational provider of software and combined hardware and software products for IT security, including network security, endpoint security, cloud security, mobile security, data security, and security management.

This initiative was formed with an aim to close the cybersecurity skills gap and through this partnership, edX will make a series of Check Point cybersecurity courses and content available to security and network professionals.

The courses that will be available include the Check Point JumpStart series, which features network and hyper-scale network security courses.

Other modules that will be made available include Check Point’s CloudGuard cloud security and SMB security solutions.

These courses that are made available by Check Point will effectively remove some of the barriers to upskilling in the cybersecurity field.

By making the courses available for free, the company hopes to remove the barrier of cost, location, and access to help reduce the skills gap, the company states.

According to Check Point, the partnership with edX further demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to providing essential education and training within the sector.

The company also believes that besides providing easy access to learning materials, this initiative will help to attract more people into the industry

The vice president of learning and training of Check Point Software Technologies, Liat Doron said the company’s partnership with edX will enable them to reduce the skill gaps in the cybersecurity field.

“With the global shortage having passed four million, organisations need to accelerate efforts to try and help change this ongoing issue,” Doron said.

“Working with edX, combined with our other initiatives such as SecureAcademy, will help tackle these global skills shortages and attract the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.”