It was recently announced that Mastercard and Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst at Ryerson University have launched two training programs for better inclusion and diversity in the Canadian cybersecurity sector.
Indeed, the programs will be funded by Mastercard and will focus on cybersecurity training for women, new Canadians, displaced workers, and BIPOC professionals. The first one, the Mastercard Emerging Leaders in Cyber Initiative (ELCI), will support the development of female-identifying executive leaders in the cybersecurity industry; while the second – the Mastercard Cyber Range Capstone Program will provide more hands-on cybersecurity training.
By doing so, Canada is hoping to gain more skilled workers in the cybersecurity sector, as well as women and people of color. It also aims to increase the understanding revolving around technical and non-technical jobs within cybersecurity all the while having more opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds.