February 29, 2024

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Cybersecurity and app development courses to upskill New Zealanders

New Zealand’s first Cyber Prep Academy (CPA) is being launched by the Unitec Institute of Technology, in partnership with managed security services provider, SecOps NZ.

As reported, it is designed to address the country’s cybersecurity skills shortage with the provision of hands-on training and practical experience for junior ICT professionals.

The course will combine leading industry technologies with the practical application of security frameworks to provide real-world experience.

Moreover, it is designed to complement existing foundation security experience and formal ICT qualifications.

Awareness of the cybersecurity skills shortage is growing globally and the University is working with industry partners to address this through the creation of a highly skilled and employable workforce.

Students are often not considered for roles or struggle to get to the interview stage due to their lack of real-world security experience.

The Cyber Prep Academy provides students with the opportunity to gain essential, hands-on practical experience to assist them in securing those roles.

The course is 12 weeks long and will start in February 2019.

It will include training in areas such as asset discovery and classification, patch management, vulnerability management, applications discovery and whitelisting.

It will also cover credentials management, authentication methods, centralised logging, endpoint, perimeter and cloud security technologies and the effective use of AI and machine learning in security operations.

In addition, the course is designed to assist participants in finding employment, with one day per week dedicated to industry-based training.

Upskilling at the Cyber Prep Academy is accessible to New Zealanders. This will lead to greater diversification within the cyber security field and help reduce the skills shortage in the country.

Training will be provided by experienced industry professionals with expertise in the ISO 27001 standard for information security management systems.

In other news, the University will be utilising the talent of one of the largest IT companies in New Zealand in an online learning course for iOS app development.

According to a recent report, it is the first tertiary institution in New Zealand to offer an online coding course to teach students how to build apps and websites.

The beginner-level programme will be offered over a number of four-week courses from February 2019.

This includes getting started with app development, the fundamentals of Swift, building modern mobile apps, iOS, Xcode and other tools in the Xcode development environment.

The students will have access to a live, interactive tutorial guided by tutors from the University and Datacom.

Tutorials will be recorded so that the students can access them on demand. There will be assessments in order to monitor the progress of the students.

This program will make education accessible to all, blending academic knowledge with leading industry skills.

Students will learn useful, practical and applicable skills while establishing strong industry networks.

Opening up new educational pathways was vital for the continued growth and good health of the New Zealand tech sector.

The company is very supportive of new ways of learning the business and of developing the knowledge and skills.

Whether the student is a high school leaver or someone looking at a new career path later in life, people from all ages and backgrounds are needed to help deepen and widen the IT talent pool in New Zealand.

Hopefully, this new course opens up doors for new students to this growing and exciting part of the economy.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

PARTNER

Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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