(ISC)2 is developing a range of continuing professional development courses for cyber-security professionals in response to member demand.
The courses, which will be free to members and associates, will be offered through the Professional Development Institute (PDI), a newly-created offshoot of (ISC)2.
The portfolio of courses is intended to help members and associates continue to enhance their skills after they have achieved certification and supplement the skills they have acquired in their careers.
"For 30 years (ISC)2 has been preparing cyber-security professionals for our rigorous certifications, and now we’re also investing in the essential learning that comes after certification," said (ISC)2 CEO David Shearer, CISSP. "The Professional Development Institute is a recognition that cyber-security education is a lifelong journey, and that achieving professional certification, while important, is only one stop along the way."
(ISC)2 will hire 18 new staff to run the PDI, who will join the 160 staff already employed by the association, to develop new content, build the curriculum and administer the programme. Course content will be guided by members of (ISC)2 who are subject matter experts. They will be supported by adult education experts and creative professionals.
Also under development is a new 756ft2 video studio for content production.
A trial launch of three professional development courses in 2018 – covering GDPR for security professionals, DevSecOps and building a strong culture of security – convinced (ISC)2 of the need for the PDI.
The organisation says that it was launched in response to member demand. "There has been demand from (ISC)2 members for a wide array of professional development opportunities for education and CPE purposes. There are many such opportunities within the industry, but they are not readily accessible or only available at a significant cost," said James McQuiggan, CISSP, product and solutions security officer at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and chapter president for the (ISC)2 Central Florida Chapter and an (ISC)2 Advisory Council North America member.
It is hoped that delivering the courses online will make it easier for members to access the material.
The aim is to release up to 30 courses in 2019, and the courses will also be available to non-members at competitive prices. The three courses launched in 2018 are currently available to non-members for between US$400 and US$720 (£310 to £550).