We are facing a growing importance of information technology and an exponential increase in connected devices. This leads to a heightened risk of misuse causing considerable damage to the economy and society.
Cyberattacks damage much more than just your IT network; they can and will affect your brand reputation, your revenue and your future. Even so, companies still tend to underestimate cyber threats. Consequently, we are experiencing an alarming shortage of cyber security experts on the market.
In the first half of 2018 alone, more than four billion records were compromised to data breaches. The average data breach costs companies more than $3 M. Cybercrime is estimated to cost businesses worldwide up to $2 trillion by the end of 2019. Currently there are close to 3 M unfilled cyber security positions around the world.
Today's Security Requirements
Against the current background, we offer a comprehensive, multi-tiered Cisco CyberSecurity Academy, an enablement program under the umbrella of the Fast Lane Next Generation Talent Academies.
What is the Cyber Security Talent Academy?
This is a complete solution designed and executed by global education expert Fast Lane, which prepares students for all aspects of cyber security needs (infrastructure, operating systems, applications, cloud). Program graduates will have the skills to plan, design and deploy holistic security solutions as well as anticipate, prevent, detect and handle complex security incidents.
Cyber Security Talent Academy Structure: Building Blocks
In order to be as effective and efficient as possible for both companies and candidates, the Cisco CyberSecurity Academy is designed as a modular program divided into levels, with a variety of flexible delivery formats.
The Cisco CyberSecurity Academy produces graduates at the Associate, Professional, and Expert Levels. Based on their existing certifications, experience, and goals, candidates may choose the level which suits them and may enter based on their prerequisite knowledge and expertise.
Program Details: Grow as you go
Depending on their module selection and goals, candidates may proceed through the program in a variety of ways.
For example, let's look at what is involved in the Cyber Security Professional and Expert:
Cyber Security Professional
Cyber Security Expert
Depending on the level they select, graduates will be able to perform the following job roles:
Foundation / Associate Level
- Security Administrator
- Junior Security Analyst
- Security Analyst
- Security Engineer
- Security Specialist
- PEN Tester
- Security Engineer
- Security Architect
- Security Expert
Special benefits you can expect as a student
As a graduate of this unique program you will be able to design and deploy holistic security solutions as well as anticipate, prevent, detect and handle complex security incidents. All students enjoy flexible study options, including in-person classes, online study, and managed internships. During and after completing this program, you can expect to:
- Grow your skills and qualify as a cyber security specialist at the highest level
- Become one of the most sought-after specialists in today’s IT environment.
Special benefits you can expect as a company
By investing in one or more candidates, your company can expect significant return on this investment. You can expect to get one or more cyber security specialist(s) at various levels who have completed a unique program applying the highest standards and state-of-the-art knowledge. The program’s modular system allows you to build a bespoke team with a combination of the various levels of expertise that fits your organization’s needs.
Further benefits to consider:
- Investing in people creates loyalty so those specialists will be valuable assets to the company (versus mercenaries jumping from job to job always looking for the best deal).
- No wasting of money on recruiting fees with uncertain results
- Reduced management time spent in recruiting new talents
- Guarantee of success if candidates complete the whole program and have been assessed by Fast Lane before entering the program
- In comparison to cyber security education programs offered by universities and other institutions, the Cisco CyberSecurity Academy is a Managed Service Package.
Program Delivery Options
Every single part of the program can be delivered in various formats to be as flexible as possible in accommodating the needs of candidates and / or employers. For details on these options, see the Next Generation Talent Programs Homepage.
How long does it take?
The modular totals for the Cyber Security Talent Academy education only are as follows:
| Level || Module || |
Standard Program (weeks)
Extended Program (weeks)
| Foundation ||Network Infrastructure||4||8|
|Cloud Infrastructure & Security||4||8|
|Microsoft Operating Systems||2||4|
|Associate||Cyber Security Associate||5||10|
|Network Security Professional||4||8|
|Cyber Security Professional||3||6|
|Network Security Expert||2||4|
|Cyber Security Expert||5||10|
|Complete Program (excluding Internships)||34||68|
Important note: These listed durations do not include breaks, recruiting, or internships.