Cyber Security Technical Centre of Excellence

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To establish a technical training and knowledge centre of excellence (COE) in cyber security. This vision includes:

>> Creating Western Canada’s leading technical training space for cyber security/managed security professionals.
>> Launching a multi-year technology acquisition strategy that leverages more than $4 million in incremental investments to enhance our lab, server, router, switch, and display technologies.
>> Developing the spaces and credential pathways industry needs for continuous growth, learning, training, and development.
>> Providing 24/7, globally accessible training that includes interception and resolution of complex cyber threats within a virtualized environment, replicating real-world scenarios.
>> Creating a learning environment that converges academic deliveries, utilizing emerging technologies and software solutions, in real-world applications with key industry stakeholders. 
>> Hiring a director for the COE who supports all teaching, learning, and research objectives, and develops increased collaboration opportunities with multiple industry partners.
>> Leveraging MITT’s status as a Pearson VUE test centre to create a dedicated space in Western Canada for IT-related certification.
>> Pursuing collaborative program growth and innovation building on existing programs such as Cyber Defence and Cloud Administration to include support of ethical hacking/penetration testing, traffic monitoring, digital forensics, network programmability, Internet of Things, and cloud security.

Our vision for the COE builds on our already strong programming which includes:
Network and Systems Administrator Certificate
Cyber Defence and Cloud Administration Diploma
Network Security Diploma
Software Developer Diploma
and allows MITT to deepen relationships with industry partners.

MITT is:
A Check Point Secure Academy™, the first in Canada
A Cisco Network Academy
A VMware Academy, and
A Microsoft Academy.

Our programs prepare students for industry certifications that are essential across different specializations in the world of cyber defence, including but not limited to:
Check Point Certified Security Administrator
CompTIA A+
Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching
Cisco CCNA Security
CCNA CyberOps
Cisco CCNA Collaboration
Microsoft MCSA
Certified Ethical Hacker
Linux Essentials, and
VMware Certified Associate

MITT’s ICT lab cluster features:
>> HPE server infrastructure capable of advanced virtualization scenarios;
>> High-definition smart displays;
>> Advanced routers and switches'
>> Flexible classroom configurations to allow theory and practice to co-exist in an environment that mirrors the workplace.

In addition to the expanded benefits the COE will yield for programming and research, it will also be a boon to Manitoba’s K–12 education system by providing post-secondary training opportunities to students in Pembina Trails Early College Program (PTEC).

December 2019
Intention of Centre announced
September 2022
Centre to open


Link to web story
COE Q and A document

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Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology President and CEO Ray Karasevich giving speech
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