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IT Career Success Depends on Continuing Education

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Claude Sam-Foh

Instructor – Cloud Computing Strategy, York University School of Continuing Studies

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Gaurav Kumar

Instructor – Cyber Security, York University School of Continuing Studies

According to Universities Canada, more than 700,000 Canadians are currently enrolled in continuing education programs, seeking everything from increased knowledge and career advancement to broadened horizons and better health. But there’s only one reason IT and cyber security professionals continue their education — because it’s a necessity.

“With the rapid advancement of technology, we’re faced with more and more challenges and risks,” says Claude Sam-Foh, the former Chief Enterprise Architect and Chief Cyber Security Officer at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. “Also, to move up in one’s career, one needs to transform oneself and make continuous learning a habit.”

Now transformed into a program developer and instructor at the York University School of Continuing Studies, Sam-Foh used his 30 years of industry experience in designing the Cloud Computing Strategy Certificate Program.

Programs designed for the future

“The programs at the School of Continuing Studies are holistic in nature and have an applied focus not just on the technology, but on the business aspects,” says Sam-Foh. “The Certificate in Cloud Computing Strategy isn’t just a ‘how to’ course, but is anchored in understanding cloud computing from the senior management perspective.”

“As more and more services migrate to the cloud, security and privacy compliance will become increasing concerns for management,” explains Gaurav Kumar, a security and risk management leader with one of the world’s largest management consulting companies and an instructor in York’s Cyber Security Certificate Program. “The transition away from the conventional, on-premises data-centre-run technologies is clearly apparent and today’s advanced persistent threats (APTs) go where data is.”

To move up in one’s career, one needs to transform oneself and make continuous learning a habit.

Claude Sam-Foh, Chief Cyber Security Officer at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario

Cloud Computing Strategy and Cyber Security Fundamentals are just two of a dozen innovative options from a tech-heavy, constantly-evolving roster of continuing education programs at York, including IT Audit Execution, an essential and in-demand element of cyber security. The three-course program, created in collaboration with industry leaders, covers the five domains of the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) body of knowledge while providing the opportunity to collaborate on real-world case studies.

While it’s the breadth of courses and quality of instructors that makes the York University School of Continuing Studies a first choice, busy IT professionals also appreciate the faster completion times and flexible study options afforded by the unique cohort program structure.

Many courses can even be completed online, including the Certificate in Risk Management, which prepares working professionals for risk-related analyst and management positions. 

Whatever your speciality, whatever your schedule, and whatever your preferred method of study, if you’re an IT or cyber security professional looking to surf on the bleeding edge of technology, the York University School of Continuing Studies has the program for you. 

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