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(ISC)² has opened up two new global cyber careers schemes to applicants to try to help organisations fill 2.7 million vacant roles worldwide

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Published: 01 Sep 2022 10: 51

Professional cyber security association and certification body (ISC)² has formally launched two cyber careers schemes, Candidates and Certified in Cybersecurity, as it seeks to broaden access into the sector and plug a shortfall in security professionals that is approaching three million globally.

Its new (ISC)² Candidates scheme is designed for individuals who are already pursuing or considering a career in the world of security, and will provide access to exclusive programmes and services, discounts on (ISC)² certification courses, self-study materials and conferences, with annual dues of $50 (£43) waived until September 2023 as applicants work towards (ISC)² certification.

(ISC)² said it had found existing security professionals said they had faced multiple barriers to entry, including inflated expectations for prior training and work experience among recruiters, as well as obstacles in terms of diversity and inclusion. It hopes the Candidates programme will address both these problems by reducing costs and making security skills more accessible.

CEO Clar Rosso said: “Part of our commitment to addressing the global cyber security workforce shortage is creating new pathways to cyber security career success.

“Whether you are pursuing your first cyber security job or looking to advance within the profession, as an (ISC)² Candidate, you will have access to the resources, benefits and professional development you need to achieve your goals.

“(ISC)² – backed by more than 170,000 members – will be your guide, partner and advocate as you achieve career milestones like joining a local chapter, discovering a mentor at a conference or earning your first (ISC)² certification. We will be there to support you every step of the way.” 

Meanwhile, its entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification is being formally launched as the organisation strives to open up new pathways into cyber careers for people who may not previously have considered a job in the sector.

The new certification forms the core element of the organisation’s One Million Certified in Cybersecurity programme, which was announced at the end of July, and builds on the success of a pilot scheme hosted in the UK that garnered more than 10,000 sign-ups in just two months.

(ISC)² said 1,500 pilot participants have already sat the initial exam and are well on the path to full certification. Earning full certification will, hopefully, prove to potential employers that applicants have the foundational knowledge, skills and abilities to hold down entry- or junior-level security roles.

“We are facing a growing global cyber security workforce gap of more than 2.7 million people,” said Rosso.

“One of the most persistent cyber security staffing challenges organisations around the world experience is being able to identify entry- and junior-level candidates with the right skills and aptitude to learn and grow on the job.

“At the same time, early career hopefuls are unable to demonstrate their understanding of cyber security concepts and gain the attention of hiring managers.”

Rosso added: “Our Certified in Cybersecurity certification bridges that gap and connects employers to qualified entry-level candidates backed by the world’s largest association of certified cyber security professionals.

“(ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity is one of several impactful solutions under way at (ISC)² to reduce the cyber security workforce gap, remove barriers to entering the field and deliver a positive, long-term opportunity for individuals and employers alike.”

The certification – which also leads to (ISC)²  membership – is open to anybody seeking to enter the field, whether they are recent university graduates, people wanting to make a career change, or existing IT professionals looking to add another string to their bow.

It evaluates and certifies five disciplines considered core to cyber security, which are:

  • Security principles.
  • Business continuity, disaster recovery and incident response.
  • Access controls.
  • Network security.
  • Security operations.

Further details of the certification and examination process are available here.





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FIFA 23 lets you turn off commentary pointing out how bad you are

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FIFA 23 might be the best game soccer game yet for terrible sports fans, as it lets you turn off commentary that criticizes your bad playing.

Now that the early access FIFA 23 release time has passed, EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can hop into the game ahead of its full release. But as Eurogamer (opens in new tab) spotted, they’ll find a peculiar option waiting for them.

FIFA 23 includes a toggle to turn off ‘Critical Commentary’. The setting lets you silence all negative in-match comments made about your technique, so you can protect your precious ego even when you miss an open goal or commit an obvious foul. The more positive commentary won’t be affected. 

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The feature looks tailored toward children and new players, who don’t want to have their confidence wrecked within mere minutes of picking up the controller. But even experienced players who just so happen to be terrible at the game might benefit.

It’s not perfect, though. According to Eurogamer, the feature didn’t seem to work during a FIFA Ultimate Team Division Rivals match, with critical comments slipping through the filter. Still, who hasn’t benefited from a light grilling every now and then?

Polite commentary isn’t the only new addition in FIFA 23. It’s the first game in the series to include women’s club football teams, and fancy overhauled animations that take advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S’s new-gen hardware. EA will be hoping to end on a high, as FIFA 23 will be the last of its soccer games to release with the official FIFA licence.

If disabling critical commentary doesn’t improve your soccer skills, maybe building a squad of Marvel superheroes will. Although you might not do much better with Ted Lasso wandering the pitch.

FIFA 23 is set to fully release this Friday, September 30.

Callum is TechRadar Gaming’s News Writer. You’ll find him whipping up stories about all the latest happenings in the gaming world, as well as penning the odd feature and review. Before coming to TechRadar, he wrote freelance for various sites, including Clash, The Telegraph, and Gamesindustry.biz, and worked as a Staff Writer at Wargamer. Strategy games and RPGs are his bread and butter, but he’ll eat anything that spins a captivating narrative. He also loves tabletop games, and will happily chew your ear off about TTRPGs and board games. 

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Google Pixel 7 price leak suggests Google is totally out of touch

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We’re starting to hear more and more Google Pixel 7 leaks, with the launch of the phone just a week away, but tech fans might be getting a lot of déjà vu, with the leaks all listing near-identical specs to what we heard about the Pixel 6 a year ago.

It sounds like the new phones – a successor to the Pixel 6 Pro is also expected – could be very similar to their 2021 predecessors. And a new price leak has suggested that the phones’ costs could be the same too, as a Twitter user spotted the Pixel 7 briefly listed on Amazon (before being promptly taken down, of course).

Google pixel 7 on Amazon US. $599.99.It is still showing up in search cache but the listing gives an error if you click on it. We have the B0 number to keep track of though!#teampixel pic.twitter.com/w5Z09D28YESeptember 27, 2022

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According to these listings, the Pixel 7 will cost $599 while the Pixel 7 Pro will cost $899, both of which are identical to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro starting prices. The leak doesn’t include any other region prices, but in the UK the current models cost £599 and £849, while in Australia they went for AU$999 and AU$1,299.

So it sounds like Google is planning on retaining the same prices for its new phones as it sold the old ones for, a move which doesn’t make much sense.


Analysis: same price, new world

Google’s choice to keep the same price points is a little curious when you consider that the specs leaks suggest these phones are virtually unchanged from their predecessors. You’re buying year-old tech for the same price as before.

Do bear in mind that the price of tech generally lowers over time, so you can readily pick up a cheaper Pixel 6 or 6 Pro right now, and after the launch of the new ones, the older models will very likely get even cheaper.

But there’s another key factor to consider in the price: $599 might be the same number in 2022 as it was in 2021, but with the changing global climate, like wars and flailing currencies and cost of living crises, it’s a very different amount of money.

Some people just won’t be willing to shell out the amount this year, that they may have been able to last year. But this speaks to a wider issue in consumer tech.

Google isn’t the only tech company to completely neglect the challenging global climate when pricing its gadgets: Samsung is still releasing super-pricey folding phones, and the iPhone 14 is, for some incomprehensible reason, even pricier than the iPhone 13 in some regions. 

Too few brands are actually catering to the tough economic times many are facing right now, with companies increasing the price of their premium offerings to counter rising costs, instead of just designing more affordable alternatives to flagships.

These high and rising prices suggest that companies are totally out of touch with their buyers, and don’t understand the economic hardship troubling many.

We’ll have to reach a breaking point sooner or later, either with brands finally clueing into the fact that they need to release cheaper phones, or with customers voting with their wallets by sticking to second-hand or refurbished devices. But until then, you can buy the best cheap phones to show that cost is important to you.

Tom’s role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.

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