August 12, 2020 - 1:07 pm
Introducing tccyber: Accelerating cybersecurity careers in Traverse City
tccyber is a new Traverse City based learning community for cybersecurity professionals at all levels including those who are:
- Brand new to the profession and exploring their options
- Current tech professionals interested in expanding their skillset
- Experienced in cybersecurity and looking to level up
Hosted by 20Fathoms, tccyber is launching in September 2020 and will provide introductory workshops, advanced professional development training, career guidance, and mentorship. The program is led by Keith E. Kelly, Program Manager at 20Fathoms and Shaun Bertrand, Senior VP of Security Programs at CBI.
“With tccyber, we’ll be leveraging the model that’s been so successful for tccodes, our learning community for software developers,” said Keith. “Participants can expect highly interactive, hands-on sessions led by experts in the field, as well as a strong community aspect and networking opportunities.”
tccyber programming will be customized to meet the needs and interests of participants and will kick off with a panel discussion about cybersecurity careers. Additional workshops will include hands-on experiences and cover topics like ethical hacking and secure code development.
The objective of tccyber is to help accelerate the career opportunities for cybersecurity professionals by providing the resources that help them:
- Begin their cybersecurity career
- Gain perspective on career verticals and focus areas
- Achieve certifications in cybersecurity
- Add skills that will position them for career growth and new roles
“You don’t need a background in coding or tech to get into cybersecurity,” said Shaun. “As long as you have a desire to learn and an ambition to achieve, we have a place for you. There’s a lot of great cybersecurity talent in northern Michigan and tccyber participants will have the opportunity to interact and learn from these rock stars which is a huge value.”
The sky is the limit for careers in cybersecurity right now. According to Cybercrime Magazine, there is a zero-percent unemployment rate for cybersecurity professionals and by 2021, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs. The report continues that cybersecurity is relevant to anyone working in tech: “Every IT position is also a cybersecurity position now. Every IT worker, every technical worker, needs to be involved with protecting and defending apps, data, devices, infrastructure, and people.”