For a long time, the Wills College CyberSecurity program has long been held as the gold-standard program in Ottawa for training CyberSecurity professionals. However, we can now brag a little bit more about our fantastic programs: we are providing CyberSecurity Training for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Department of National Defence (DND). Willis College educated professionals will be tasked with keeping our nation safe from cyber threats and attacks and we couldn’t be more proud!
On September 7, 2021 11 Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics (CFSCE) graduates became the first group of Cyber Operators to have been fully trained as members of the Cyber Operator occupation, right here at WIllis College. The DND / CAF students underwent 60 weeks of training at Willis College’s Ottawa Campus, and twelve weeks at CFSCE. Newly graduated, all 11 are expected to be posted to the Canadian Forces Network Operation Centre where they will begin working as Cyber Defence Analysts!
But it’s not just the military that needs trained CyberSecurity professionals. Our reliance on technology is now higher than ever, and with more and more people working from home and accessing the internet in new ways CyberSecurity threats are at an all time high. CyberSecurity experts are needed across almost all industries now more than ever.
The Willis College CyberSecurity Academy
The Willis College CyberSecurity Academy offers three programs each providing students the opportunity to leave school and enter the workforce or continue on in learning with another, or another two, programs.
HELP DESK AND NETWORK (SUPPORT) TECHNICIAN
This program is designed for individuals who are looking for an education and certification in computer and network-related administration. Students will receive communications and support training with a focus on Windows Server administration and applications. As a graduate of this program, you will be equipped with skills such as the knowledge to perform computer system and network problem analysis and monitoring tasks, monitor network management systems, and respond appropriately to user requests and problems.
The CyberSecurity Operator program was developed in collaboration with global CyberSecurity experts from Fortinet, Sophos, and Check Point. The curriculum delivered in this program is the same training the Canadian Armed Forces receives!
Willis College’s Ottawa Campus is equipped with over $1M of hardware equipment and provides an official curriculum and professionally trained instructors for your benefit. The Network Security Professional diploma program is one of the most effective ways to start your career in IT, by incorporating globally recognized certifications that validate industry standards. You can acquire skills that are applicable and transferable to a variety of technical environments, and that open doors to a lucrative IT Professional career!
The CyberSecurity Analyst diploma program is one of the most effective ways to start a career in CyberSecurity. Willis College provides globally recognized CyberSecurity education as well as industry-recognized certifications. You can acquire skills that are applicable and transferable to a variety of security job roles in the operations environment and start a lucrative career in CyberSecurity.
In this program, you will learn foundational knowledge and best practices for securing Windows and Linux workstations and servers, as well as software, network services, routers and switches, email and database infrastructure, and wireless devices. You will also learn how to scan networks for vulnerabilities and produce reports and plans which will mitigate those vulnerabilities. Operations-style training within a live lab environment is used to help develop the critical skills needed in defending against complex cyber attacks. This program provides hands-on training with a focus on threat analysis, risk mitigation, and malware remediation through staged cyber-attack simulations and live threat scenarios carried out with both real and virtual hosts and network appliances.
It’s time to start your education and join the world of Cyber Technology with Willis College!