EC-Council and Hong Kong Institute of Technology partnered to create cybersecurity education opportunities and bring awareness about the significance of certified programs.
Technological innovations drive the development of the education industry. The future education industry in Hongkong is expected to witness a rise of opportunities along with growing challenges. Hong Kong is rising from the traditional learning environment to a more global online environment to create, transmit, and apply knowledge in alignment with the natural process of learning. To withstand this complex learning environment, EC-Council’s partnership with the Hong Kong Institute of Technology aims to meet the market demand and ensure industry-oriented education in the form of certified programs in cybersecurity.
In a survey, Hong Kong faces the second-highest risk of cybersecurity attacks in Asia and is narrowly behind India, which shares the first position. The city, which is a hub for international trade and investment, and also one of the world’s thriving economies, is at the urge of the rising requirement for cybersecurity professionals. Interestingly, Hong Kong has also been identified as among the few regions in the world which is willing to invest in IT security workforce. 
The government has taken several measures to apprehend Hong Kong as a hub for technology innovation; the Beijing’s “Greater Bay Area” project is one of the initiatives. To furthermore promote the growth of innovation and technology, The Hong Kong government has also assigned an investment of HK $50 billion in the latest budget. The government’s collaboration with national and U.S. technical companies and universities, has encouraged them to establish themselves in Hong Kong in order to strengthen the city’s IT infrastructure. This led to the growth of technology startups by 23.6% and 41% increase in employment.
“The cyber and information security analysts in Hong Kong are earning an average of HK $510,000 annually. The alliance will open a broader career and earning opportunities to the students of the Hong Kong Institute of Technology,” says Brevyan, Managing Director, Wissen International, the exclusive representative of EC-Council for Hong Kong.
Ada Zheng, Vice President of Hong Kong Institute of Technology, believes that their partnership with EC-Council will help in strengthening and securing the growing IT infrastructure of Hong Kong. “The collaboration of Hong Kong Institute of Technology with EC-Council will create a learning opportunity for those cybersecurity enthusiasts who are looking forward to online education without forgoing their present obligations,” she added.
“The most-digitalized cities of the world are still facing the insecurity of cyber threats due to a shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals,” says Sean Lim, Chief Operating Officer, EC-Council. He further added, “We are constantly working on the possible ways to provide a more flexible and convenient solution to educate and certify cybersecurity professionals, and collaborations like these will help EC-Council in reaching a large number of people across the world. Our training and certification programs will increase the level of competence and awareness of the students of the Hong Kong Institute of Technology.”
EC-Council has been the world’s leading information security certification body since the launch of their flagship program, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), which created the ethical hacking industry in 2002. Since the launch of CEH, EC-Council has added industry-leading programs to their portfolio to cover all aspects of information security including EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO), among others.
EC-Council Foundation, the non-profit branch of EC-Council, created Global CyberLympics, the world’s first global hacking competition. EC-Council Foundation also hosts a suite of conferences across the US and around the world including Hacker Halted, Global CISO Forum, TakeDownCon, and CISO Summit.
To learn more about EC-Council, visit https://www.eccouncil.org/
About Hong Kong Institute of Technology:
Hong Kong Institute of Technology (HKIT) is a diversified, self-financed and not-for-profit institute offering various programs at post-secondary levels. Being recognized for global exposure, HKIT offers full-time as well as part-time overseas degrees that are accredited in Hong Kong and internationally recognized. The institute’s accredited program ranges from Yi Jin level to associate degree, overseas bachelor degree, master degree, and doctoral degree. The students can select from among 20 study areas in three majors including Art, Business Administration and Science and Technology, which are accredited by Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ).
HKIT assist in further education opportunities to post-secondary students with local and overseas prospects including and not restricted to HKDSE, HKCEE, HKAL, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s degrees. Besides overseas articulation, HKIT organizes short-term study in China or overseas for all students to enhance students’ international experience and broaden their global outlook. The institute has recently launched BSc (Hons) in cybersecurity, a three-year degree program awarded by the University of West London. Partnering with EC-Council, HKIT aims to offer cyber security certification courses such as the world-renowned Certified Ethical Hacker to these degree students who will in turn graduate and contribute to the massive demand for skilled employees in the technology sector.