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The Cyber Skills Development team works with the academic community and private sector educators to build cyber security talent and capacity in Canada by:

  • aligning cyber career paths with the needs of the labour market
  • supporting the development of cyber skills in the academic sector
  • promoting the integration of cyber security curriculum in Canada’s education system
  • supporting cyber security career development initiatives, events and education campaigns with GC departments and academia


Cyber security curriculum review

Cyber security skills are in short supply around the world. Many Canadian academic institutions have recognized this shortage and are launching new cyber security programs and courses. The Cyber Centre is working with post-secondary institutions to improve the quality of cyber security education across Canada. Our cyber security experts can provide practical and technical guidance on your school’s existing or new cyber security program and courses.

Please contact us to find out more.

Program advisory committee participation

The Cyber Centre’s subject-matter experts are well-positioned to advise post-secondary institutions about developing new cyber security programs or improving existing programs to ensure graduating students are well-prepared for their careers and ready to meet the demands of their future employers.

Please contact us to find out more.

Featured resources

Canadian Cyber Security Skills Framework

This publication specifies the cyber security workforce gaps that exist in the Canadian labour market and outlines the qualifications, competencies, and experiences required for a varied and skilled cyber security workforce.

Cyber security career guide for students

Are you a student considering a career in cyber security? Our Cyber Security Career Guide will give you insight into why cyber security is one of today’s most in-demand fields.

Certifications in the field of cyber security

The right cyber security certification can give you an advantage over other job candidates. Our cyber security certification guide highlights some of the in-demand, globally recognized certifications that are available for prospective students and cyber security professionals.

623 - Introduction to cyber security for educators course

This self-paced, free online course will provide foundational cyber security knowledge to help educators gain the necessary knowledge, skills, and confidence to protect themselves and their students in cyberspace. This course also examines the characteristics of a safe online learning environment, the career streams that exist in the field of cyber security, and the many resources that exist to help educators teach cyber security to their students.

Course duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Cost: Free!

Register for the course today!


The Cyber Skills Development team periodically hosts webinars on various cyber security education and career topics for the academic community. Recordings of past webinars, along with FAQs, lesson plans, and activities, are available at no cost on our Learning Management System.


The Cyber Skills Development Newsletter is published monthly from September to December and February to June. Each month, subscribers receive updates on resources, upcoming events, activities, and exclusive content, such as the Cyber Security Professional Spotlight. Created with the academic community in mind, the newsletter has interesting content for students and educators alike!

View past editions of the Cyber Skills Development Newsletter on our Learning Management System.

Keep Canada Safe! Discover Careers in Cyber Security ChatterHigh Course

ChatterHigh is a digital learning tool for students to learn more about life after high school. This course from the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) and the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Cyber Centre) connects cyber security careers with its mission to safeguard Canadians from the everchanging cyber threat landscape, while introducing students to the cyber security concepts.

This course is available through ChatterHigh, and is free for all Canadian teachers and students.

Post-Secondary Cyber Security Related Programs Guide

Find out where to go to school to start your career in cyber security.

Cyber security programs are becoming more popular as the demand for cyber professionals increases. This guide is a comprehensive list of the many post-secondary cyber security programs across Canada.

Cyber security resources for teachers, parents and students

Cyber Security Resources for Teachers, Parents and Students is a curated list of learning resources that teachers and parents can use to introduce kids to digital literacy and cyber security. Resources include informative websites, online games, and in-person workshops and camps. Students can also use many of the resources to explore cyber security concepts and careers and prepare for post-secondary education in STEM fields.

Please contact us for a PDF copy of the resource guide.

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