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Trend Micro partners with Simon Fraser U. for cybersecurity training


Trend Micro and Simon Fraser University have partnered to help train future cybersecurity professionals entering the workforce.

“Trend Micro’s mission is to make the world a safer place for the exchange of information and we believe it starts with education,” said Antoine Saikaley, Technical Director at Trend Micro Canada, in a statement. “Both in the boardroom and in the classroom, we’re committed to preparing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals to ensure the future of Canadian business will remain resilient in the face of growing cyber threats.”

Trend Micro is currently providing course lectures, lab exercises and assessments in cloud security to the first cohort of SFU’s new Professional Master’s Program in Computer Science – Cybersecurity Concentration, which launched in Sept. 2020. Almost half of the curriculum consists of lab work and hands-on experience.

According to the company, students have the opportunity to explore cyber risks related to cloud infrastructure and cloud native applications. In addition, they are learning the skills needed to secure these environments in an AWS lab environment using some of Trend Micro’s CloudOne solutions.

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“As we know, the skills demand for our industry has really grown because of the implications of COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mohammad Tayebi, Cybersecurity Researcher and Program Instructor, Simon Fraser University. “We’re really pleased to have an expert partner like Trend Micro to help make the transition from school to work seamless for our students as they gain the skills and experiences relevant to cybersecurity right now.”

Trend Micro’s 2021 Predictions Report outlines anticipated cybersecurity needs and trends for this year, including recommendations for upskilling students and the current workforce.