#CyberFLASH: Willis-Sophos partnership to create next generation of cyber security talent

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The next generation of cyber security talent will be trained at Willis College in Ottawa, Ontario. Sophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security, has invested in a partnership with Willis College to help address the critical cyber security skills shortage in Canada.

Sophos is expanding its technical support center in Ottawa to support customers across North America, and has invested with Willis College to create a best-in-class cyber-security education program. Sophos’ investment includes the establishment of a new network security training lab at Willis College’s Ottawa campus, in addition to supporting program direction, technical curriculum development and training assistance. The Sophos and Willis College partnership is ex

pected to advance the next generation of cyber security careers in Canada.

“Employers, more than ever, need specific skills in their employees to remain competitive on a local or increasingly global stage, yet many companies have been cutting back to their core offerings and not investing in the future,” said Bruce Lazenby, President and CEO of Invest Ottawa. “This is a great example of a partnership between leading, forward-thinking companies like Sophos, and world-class schools like Willis College to drive and create new skills in our workforce.”

Over the last five years, Willis College has been helping to attract international cyber security companies to Ottawa, by providing a local talent pipeline through its three private college campuses, in Ottawa, Arnprior and Smiths Falls. Cyber security firms have been able to utilize the Willis College infrastructure to recruit, train and hire more than 100 cyber security support engineers.

“Ottawa is a very attractive place for Sophos to invest,” said Michael Anderson, Senior Vice President of Global Support and Services for Sophos. “The workforce is culturally diverse and the city is business and family friendly, which helps us to find and retain talented individuals. Willis College has a great reputation for supporting private industry and developing programs that teach students the valuable skills and qualifications required for positions that we have open today, and will enable us to expand our investments in the future.”

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