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Spam, identity theft, cyberattacks, and the list goes on — the various types of cybercrime are vast. Most of us understand the need for cybersecurity awareness and products when it comes to our personal computers and devices. Industry needs this same awareness and protection.

In September 2019, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) launched Canada’s first Industrial Network Cybersecurity program, following a need for trained professionals to protect the industrial networks operated by industry partners.

The Industrial Network Cybersecurity program is a two-year interdisciplinary diploma program offered in partnership by the BCIT School of Energy and the School of Computing and Academic Studies. The inaugural class included 16 students who will become professionals in an emerging occupation that already has a large demand in the workforce.

A program that welcomes students from all walks of life

Students from the Industrial Network Cybersecurity program
Students in the inaugural class of the Industrial Network Cybersecurity program come from all walks of life.

Students in the program’s inaugural class come from all walks of life. Some came directly from high school while others had jobs and were looking for a career change. They all had an interest in coding, computers, and networking.

Martin Legal is a student in the first cohort of the Industrial Network Cybersecurity program at BCIT. Martin has been anticipating the introduction of the program since the fall of 2018, when the school began gathering interest and feedback at Big Info and Information Sessions.

Martin was part of the Cisco Networking Academy team at his high school, so this program was a perfect fit. The team also competed in the Canadian Cyber Defense Challenge (CCDC) and placed sixth in Canada, solidifying his interest in the program.

The program has met his expectations and then some. “The electronics are very interesting and I’m really enjoying the hands-on practical education,” says Martin. “I’m actually doing what I came to do.”

“It’s exciting to see BCIT responding to the needs of our industry partners by offering a program that not only educates students for entry level positions in a new and emerging occupation, but is also unique in Canada,” says David Leversage, Program Head of the Industrial Network Cybersecurity program.

Interested in the program?

Martin Legal
Martin Legal attended Big Info in the fall of 2008 to learn more about the BCIT Industrial Network Cybersecurity program. He’s now a BCIT student in the Industrial Network Cybersecurity program.

To meet the demand of industry needs, BCIT will be opening up seats for 40 students to join the program in September 2020. Applications are now open.

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