In partnership with Australia’s top-ranked Deakin University, CICRA Campus – pioneering Cyber Security Training provider – is introducing dedicated Bachelor of Cyber Security degree for the first time in Sri Lanka.
“There is a scarcity of cyber security professionals in Sri Lankan law and it is the fastest growing industry in the world. Therefore, we hope parents will encourage their children to do the cyber security degree instead of a general IT degree,” says CICRA Holdings Group Director/CEO Boshan Dayaratne.
“A Cisco report says there are more than one million cyber security job openings at present. Forbes magazine says this number will climb to six million by 2019. Why waste time trying to be one among thousands of IT graduates when you can obtain technical skills in a niche area highly accepted worldwide,” Dayaratne said.
“As Sri Lanka’s number 1 destination for cyber security education, CICRA Campus helps its students academically and professionally to make them fully-fledged cyber security specialists at the end of the degree,” he said.
“Whether you are a school leaver looking to pursue an IT degree or an IT professional breaking into Cyber Security, this is the best route to acquire the top, in-demand skills of today.”
“Unlike other IT degrees that touch upon a few aspects of Cyber Security merely to add the phrase to the degree title, Deakin’s Bachelor of Cyber Security is formulated to develop skills that will help you stand out in the job market. It provides a solid foundation of the cyber security literacy and technical skills required by industry for a Cyber Security professional including those allowing you to be able to investigate and combat cyber-crime and cyber terrorism,” he said.
“A minimum 100 hours of internship is required to complete the program, allowing you to claim your rights professionally at an early stage. CICRA Campus aims to support all students to connect with the industry and find internships as well as job prospects so they no longer have to join companies that undervalue their skills.”
“Under a licensing agreement, Deakin University has granted CICRA Campus permission to teach Deakin’s curriculum in Colombo. This dramatically reduced student cost of college and gives much flexibility,” he said.
Meanwhile, CICRA Holdings Group Executive Director Vasana Wickremasena said that the students will have three study options.
“First option is that the students can study all three years at CICRA Campus and graduate from the Deakin University,” Wickremasena said.
“The second option is that students can complete the first or second year in Sri Lanka and obtain direct entry at Deakin University to follow second and third years in Australia.”
“The third option is to study first two years at CICRA Campus and complete the final year at Deakin University in Australia. This is a great way to gain international exposure and experience college life at one of the best universities in the world,” he said.
“Research by institutes such as the US think tank, Centre for Strategic and International Studies state that the lack of Cyber Security professionals is felt more acutely in Australia than in any other country,” he said.
“Becoming a Cyber Security expert will guarantee you a wide range of career options across a variety of industries. With a Bachelor’s degree from a world-class university such as Deakin, you can fit into a vast range of positions including, but not limited to; Security Analyst, Project Manager, Security System Manager, Cryptographer, Business Analyst, Consultant, Security System Developer/Programmer, Information Security Auditor, Law Enforcement Personnel and IT Security Engineer,” he said.
First intake of Bachelor of Cyber Security will commence next month. More details on the program can be accessed from http://cicra.edu.lk/.
CICRA Campus specialises in cyber security education and has more than 700 alumni including over 250 EC-Council Certified Ethical Hackers (C|EH) and 70 Certified Hacking Forensic Investigators (C|HFI). CICRA is the only Sri Lankan company that has represented at US Pacific Command’s annual Pacific Endeavour Program along with top US technological companies.