Professional Development

Are you interested in professional development?

As a cybersecurity professional you get the opportunity to work in a constantly evolving environment, dealing with technologies and systems that go on to serve millions and millions of users. This ever changing threat landscape that security professionals work in requires them to have a broad skill set and continually improve their abilities.

On this page we outline some tips to help you continue your professional development and become an asset to your cybersecurity team. 

Jump start your security career

The Jump start your security career page provides information for individuals who have ever been interested in a security career. It provides tools and resources to learn more about the field and also where to acquire the knowledge to become an asset for any security organization.

Communications for security professionals 

The Communications for security professionals page provides a short video and informational series on the 6 key areas of communication. If you have ever been interested in improving your communication or soft skills this page will assist. 

Take Information Security Online Course

Take this course on information security and awareness to learn how to protect the information around you.

Other information security courses

  • Threat Modelling Course

This course covers what threat modelling is, and when one could use threat modelling in completing a Security Threat and Risk Assessment (STRA).  It also explains the difference between this and other STRA approaches. This course is particularly useful to technology service delivery units and security professionals and anyone who completes STRAs. Click here to view the course content.

  • Patch Management Course

This course covers what patch management is, why it is required, OCIO patch standard, benefits, and responsibilities. The course addresses priorities and lifecycle and talks about patch management software. Best practices are also discussed. This course is particularly useful to technology service delivery units and security professionals, and has applicability to all staff in the BC Public Service.           


Patch Management Course Introduction


Click here to view the course content, or if you are an employee of the BC Public Service and want to receive credit please start the course through the My learning system.Lock icon

The Ministry Information Security Officer (MISO) Guidebook

This guide is geared towards exploring in depth the key roles and responsibilities of the MISO. The guide contains information, tools and resources that will benefit MISOs in performing their role as well as organizations and individuals who intend to improve the security of their enterprise. 

What does professional development for a security professional look like?

The role of a cyber security professional requires a diverse set of skills, because of this there are many different professional training resources that can be utilized. CyberSecurity professionals looking to improve their skills may pursue training in a few key areas

  • A solid grounding in IT fundamentals (web applications, system administration)
  • Coding skills (C, C++, Java, Python,html, and more)
  • Understanding architecture, administration and operating systems
  • Technical Certifications (CISSP, CISM, CISA, and more)
  • Soft Skills (oral, written communication, leadership, negotiation)