You are here


Palo Alto Cybersecurity Program

The Internet Wants You!

The Internet is growing faster than the growth of people to protect it

A career in cybersecurity is not only in demand , it is also one that is rewarding and challenging. As a cybersecurity professional you get the opportunity to:

  • work in a constantly evolving environment,
  • deal with cutting edge technologies and systems that go on to serve millions and millions of users.

As a professional in this field you may be dealing with technologies that can span from robots, to cars, to websites; the variety is endless. 

The Abbotsford School District has partnered with Palo Alto Networks to train students in Cybersecurity. Students take 4 courses (16 credits) over two years. In second semester of grade 11, students take Cyber Literacy and CIS 11 (Palo Alto 1&2). In the first semester of grade 12 students take CIS 12 (Palo Alto 3) and UFV CIS190, earning both high school graduation credits and University of the Fraser Valley credits. Upon completion of the 2 year program, students may choose to write an industry recognized certification exam (Palo Alto Networks Certified Cybersecurity Associate). In conjunction with an Information Technology Certificate, Diploma or Degree in Computer Sciences, Graphic Design, Business, or Management, students have the opportunity for employment in Information Security, which forecasts a global shortage of 3.5 million cyber security professionals by 2021 and in Canada alone we are estimated to require 8,000 by 2022. Have a look at current Cyber attacks live - Click on this link.