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Wednesday, April 24 • 14:00 - 14:45
To become a Cyber Security Leader, Canada must invest in the Next Generation of Workers

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An international shortage of cybersecurity talent is expected to grow over the next few years, according to the Information and Communications Technology Council. There's an expected need for more than 1.5 million people to work in cybersecurity globally by 2020.  In Canada, cybersecurity job growth averaged 9.2% in 2014-15, compared with 0.7% for all other occupations. 1-in-4 ICT professionals in Canada require cybersecurity skills. As tomorrow’s leaders and innovators, youth are a vital talent pool to meet cyber security skill demands. Under ICTC’s Canadian Youth Cyber Education Initiative, the CyberTitan program (affiliated with the (US) Air Force Association's CyberPatriot Program which is presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation) focuses on preparing middle and secondary school students with skills for the digital economy by creating learning opportunities for students to engage in hands-on simulated environments that develop skills necessary to pursue post-secondary education programs, to learn skills essential to work in many STEM fields, and to identify roles students can play help to secure our systems.

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Sandra Saric

Vice President, Information and Communications Technology Council
Sandra leads initiatives that promote diversity, inclusion, and collaboration with industry, government and education on strategies and actions to leverage talent and build capacity in Canada’s digital economy. As an inclusion advocate in Canada and globally, Sandra has particularly... Read More →

Wednesday April 24, 2019 14:00 - 14:45 ADT
Track 4 A3