The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), a developer of world-class cybersecurity education programs and certifications, today announced that it has partnered with edX, a leading global online learning platform from 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU), and committed to expanding access to vital cybersecurity education programs. EC-Council's Essentials Series is the first cybersecurity Professional Certificate of its kind to be offered on edX and includes three foundational industry certification credentials. The beginner level series is designed for learners aspiring to pursue a career in cybersecurity.
"The Essentials Series is purpose-built to help educate up-and-coming cybersecurity professionals and enable them to begin their careers," said Bill Kiriakis, Senior Vice President and Head of North America at EC-Council. "edX is a leader in online learning, bringing courses and certifications to over 46 million learners worldwide. With this new offering, edX and EC-Council can directly help address the global shortage of cybersecurity workers."
EC-Council's Essentials Series includes three individual courses covering network defense, ethical hacking, and digital forensics and costs $447 USD for the full lab range and certification bundles. The series helps students and early career professionals learn employable skills required in today's entry-level cybersecurity field, educating students in a range of techniques and tactics across industry verticals, such as securing networks, mitigating cyber risks, conducting forensic investigations, ethical hacking, attack vectors, and more.
Cybersecurity continues to be one of the most in-demand professions. According to industry sources, there are now close to 4 million open cyber jobs worldwide and half a million open positions in the US. The industry is struggling to find and retain talent, partially due to access to training and certification programs.
"edX's professional certificate programs are designed to enhance the critical skills needed to succeed in today's most in-demand fields. They drive true career impact in an accessible and affordable way," said Andrew Hermalyn, president of partnerships at edX. "The addition of EC-Council's cybersecurity Essentials Series on edX gives learners the opportunity to earn a valuable credential from a world-class cybersecurity organization."
For more information on EC-Council's programs on edX, visit edx.org/school/ec-council.