Skills for Information Technology & Security Teams

When your team's learning pathway is as agile as your release cycle.

A technology team needs to maintain not only critical technology skills, but also skills that help develop their business acumen. This combination of skills allows them to fully understand how their work impacts not only the bottom line, but also the other departments they work alongside to drive strategy.

When your team has access to learning pathways that help them hone their technology skills as well as core business skills you might realize a streamlined, efficient and idea-driven team. At DeVryWorks, our mission is to help empower your technology team to become well-rounded colleagues that visualize business outcomes, allowing them to better prioritize their work and be efficient and productive colleagues. Our team of consultants can help you build a talent succession plan with learning pathways infused with:

  • work-ready skills through project-based learning
  • hands-on technology education
  • iterative skill development that can be applied immediately within your organization
  • help you build a productive and engaged team

Interested in what your team’s learning pathway might include? Contact us today to find out.

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Featured Content for IT & Security Leaders

A Watershed Moment for the Future of Tech Talent  

By Tom Monahan

For more than a decade, the United States has struggled to find enough skilled workers to fill the technology jobs that power all sectors of the economy. Now, we’re on the verge of a crisis.

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Onboarding Should be an Experience, Now More Than Ever

By Jenna McCoy

In the current flexible work environment, radical evolution of onboarding has yet to occur. Organizations need to orchestrate the people and resources to cultivate deliberate and meaningful moments for new hires in order to drive timely assimilation within the organization.

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Do Predictive Analytics Have a Future in Supply Chain Management?

By Issam Abu-Ghallou & Sid Ahmed Sahnoune

In the initial shock of the “black swan” event that was (and is) COVID, it should come as no surprise that many people questioned the validity and effectiveness of predictive analytics in the supply chain. However, those in the logistics and supply chain field know, “If not predictive analytics, then what?”

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How Building a Culture that Elevates Women Can Support All

By Elise Awwad

There's been some progress in helping women in the workplace advance to management positions, but women remain underrepresented. It's essential to first lay the groundwork that will make your organization’s culture a place where women can grow.

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The Trifecta Leader: Manager, Coach and Leader

By Jenna McCoy

In the midst of the great resignation, employees have their pick of the litter when it comes to where and how they want to work. Are the managers we have in place today capable of performing under this pressure? If we’re asking managers to do more, we’ve got to give future and current managers the tools they need to be more than just a manager.

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What Can Higher Ed Learn from Airbnb?

By Tom Monahan

Many of the most innovative companies launched in the past two decades have been two-sided marketplaces. Higher education needs to realize that it’s one too.

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The Implications of High Inflation on Business

By Issam Abu-Ghallous, PhD and Luan Eshtrefi, PhD

One of the most challenging economic dilemmas today, which effects business leaders and consumers, is high inflation. Watch these short videos to hear more about the implications and how to prepare.

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Generational Preferences are Causing a Seismic Shift to the Supply Chain

By Issam Abu-Ghallous

The supply chain disruption that has been dominating the headlines is a complex and multi-faceted issue to be sure. Much has been said and written about what is snarling the global supply chain: too few truck drivers, dormant factories due to COVID, backlogged ports, you name it.

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Upskilling: How You Can Replicate What Large-Orgs Are Doing

By Clark Barber

It’s unlikely you haven’t had internal discussions about how your department must evolve to support your clients’ new set of needs. For most companies, the answer is undoubtedly accelerating digitalization efforts agreed upon before the pandemic, and perhaps new ones that have arisen. Aside from making the right technology choices, the question your peers are asking is, “How do I ensure my team has the skills to keep pace?”

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How Leaders Can Help Empower Women in the Workplace

By Elise Awwad

Women now surpass men making up 50.2% of the college-educated labor force, up from 45.1% in 2000. While this number is positive to be sure, what’s troubling is women’s advancement in the workplace is stagnant or simply stalling at every step along the way. Read this article for six ways leaders can step up to support women on their teams, and help them achieve the career they deserve.

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Digital Transformation: 3 Key Areas Where Supply Chain Leaders Should Focus

By Doug Ackley and Alex Hosch

Supply chain digital transformation is no doubt an imperative to help supply chains run more smoothly while providing actionable intel. Ambitious, yes, but that belief isn’t necessarily overstated. The digitization of the supply chain is critically important and long overdue in many sectors, particularly given the vast changes we’ve experienced over the past couple of years.

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If You Build It, They Will Stay: Learning Pathways Over Lateral Attrition

By Jenna McCoy

You have a great team. They work well together, get things done on time, and know how to keep you competitive in the market. The last thing you want is for your people to leave your department because they don’t feel challenged or feel as though they don’t have opportunities to advance under your leadership. But top talent will inherently seek more... and that’s a good thing.

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Tis the Season for Triggers. Do You Know the Flight Risks on Your Team?

By Clark Barber

November through January is a critical time for your team, and resignations might be hitting hardest after the New Year. While they likely have been doing it for some time, this time of year triggers individuals to take stock of their career goals and analyze whether their work is fulfilling.

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Digital Fluency: Your Team’s Edge

By Elise Awwad

Regardless of your industry, you provide a product or service that without technology you likely wouldn’t be able to maintain or grow your market share in.

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What Upskilling and Reskilling Can Do for Your Team

By Jenna McCoy

There is potential for nearly 97 million new jobs to arise, based on the changing integration between humans and technology. In order to take advantage of these new positions, workers will need upskilling and reskilling to close any gaps between their current skills base and the skills that will be necessary for new positions.

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5 Things to Consider to Build Diverse Leadership

By Elise Awwad

Creating meaningful change in your team’s diversity in the leadership ranks is an issue we hear from our clients we work with every day. Unfortunately, even when these clients find the right talent for the job it can be difficult to build a plan to elevate that talent.

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3 Skills Your Technology Team Is Missing Today

By William Phillips

In today’s world, if you’re in business, you’re likely in the technology business. No matter what your industry or specific product or service might be, odds are technology is an important part of how you drive revenue and maintain your competitive edge.

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Are Organizations Truly Embracing DEI?

By Scarlett Howery

DeVry University's Scarlett Howery explains how organizations can better embrace diversity, equity and inclusion to create a shared sense of belonging.

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3 Steps to Help Your Accounting and Finance Team Focus on Strategy

By Lenore Goldberg

These three steps can provide you with the tools needed to support your team and give them the ability to focus on strategic initiatives crucial for long-term growth, productivity, and even retention.

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Technology Education and Skills to Develop your IT & Security Team

Whether you need to build specialty technology skills within your IT team or shape your next group of IT leaders through cross-skilling, a customized talent succession plan is a great place to start. That plan should take into account your critical talent and roles, assess where your skills gaps occur, and then how you can help solve for those gaps through education and/or technology training programs. In working with other tech leaders, we know it’s about creating agile, continual learning programs that keep your team’s tech skills sharp while also providing a versatile set of tools your team can use as they progress into leadership.

While each program is customized based on your needs, here are some of the most common skills that we help technology teams build:

Administration and Management:

Leaders who know how to apply the fundamental management theories that support organizational stability while driving programs forward, can help strengthen organizational growth and performance. Could your team be enhanced by adding core competency skills in administrative leadership, planning, project management, and resource management?

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

Building a diverse and inclusive team and workplace culture is integral to your company’s success. Through professional examples we explore diversity, equity and inclusion within business and client relationships and things to consider when engaging different groups. They’ll also be given space to help them develop a clear perspective on their role in providing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment.

Cyber Security

Security is a critical facet of any modern business. We can help your tech team understand how to troubleshoot hardware, operating systems, networks, and manage cloud computing systems in a secure fashion. We do this through hands-on exercises and projects, teaching your team how to create, plan, implement and monitor security solutions to protect critical data and networks and prevent future attacks. Your team can also explore the design of an organization’s security systems procedures, standards, protocols and policies, as well as how to ensure operational security follows standards, policies and laws.

Networking and Programming

Properly executed networking and programming initiatives can lead to a simpler, more streamlined experience for your workforce and your customers. Some of the networking skills we cover are networking media, the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP), routing and switching and small network configuration and troubleshooting. Our programs can help your team learn about protocols and techniques necessary to program, document, test and debug applications and software packages.

Information Technology Administration & Management

Help your future leaders understand the foundation of business and management principles involved in IT infrastructure, information security, cyber-security, strategic planning, and resource allocation.


Your team’s ability to communicate is crucial to project management and completion, but building confidence, clarity and credibility takes practice. Your future leaders might benefit from skills such as professional speaking, technical writing, research, developing written and verbal communications, creating presentations and providing management support.

Project Management

Managing a technology project’s timeline, cost and quality is especially prudent in these times of agile development and sprint cycles. Empowering your team to initiate, plan, execute and monitor multi-level programs can help drive productivity and efficiency. We even take into account risk analysis, cost control and performance objectives, conflict resolution and the use of project management software.

Big Data and Analytics

Data mining, business intelligence and managing big data is something you’re likely grappling with. Accelerating your team’s ability to gather, store, report and analyze important data through skills like business analytics, social network analysis, relational database management and data warehousing, data modeling and decision trees can help them understand and report on business objectives to help drive positive results.

Administration and Management

Guiding your team to better understand the fundamental management theories that drive organizations and programs forward can create better organizational relationships. Consider your tech leaders of tomorrow, could they use a skill boost in leadership, planning, project management and resource management?

Sales and Marketing

With marketing technology and demand generation being a large driver of leads for sales, your team might benefit from understanding marketing fundamentals like consumer intent, creating promotions, developing advertising campaigns and tracking key performance indicators (KPIs). Through fascinating case studies, interactive tutorials and real-world projects, our programs can help your team understand this key revenue driver.

Benefits of Continual Skill Building

When you create pathways for your team to cultivate the skills needed to help future-proof your organization you’re also empowering them to fulfill a career journey that could establish them as a leader of tomorrow.

To illustrate how skills development programs and technology education can benefit your organization beyond just improving the capabilities of your team, here are a few benefits you could see after implementing a workforce development program through DeVryWorks.

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Improved Efficiency

Whether you need to improve your team’s business acumen or bolster specific capabilities such as project management or your cyber security measures, our programs are designed to provide your team with the skills to help increase efficiency. Through the thoughtful application of our skills training, your team can finetune their troubleshooting skills to reduce data loss, network interruptions and other time-consuming technology issues while better partnering with teams across the organization to help you stay competitive.

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Future Leader Development

Finding quality talent is merely the first step, keeping them engaged and their careers progressing is what can take you to the next level. What’s likely standing in their way is the means to develop the skills they need to be your future leaders. Help them shine by building skills pathways for them to achieve their goals and in turn drive a more engaged and productive team.

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Advancing Underrepresented Talent

Your diversity, equity and inclusion goals have been set, now it’s time to align objectives and solutions to meet those goals. Oftentimes education can be a barrier for career progression, so why not try and alleviate that obstacle for underrepresented talent? We can help you build a diverse team as bright as your vision.

Flexible, Digital-First Learning

We offer flexible, digitally-enabled learning pathways to help your team develop the skills they need today and in the future.

We work with you to design ways to raise your team's skills in efficient ways. We know your people’s time is valuable, so your workforce development solution needs to allow your team to upskill or cross-skill while maintaining their productivity.

Stephaine Khan

Stefanie Khan

Director of Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, UPS |​ DeVry and Keller alumna​


When I speak to groups, many girls still aren’t aware that they can be successful in an IT career. A misconception about the field for women remains. If I can introduce technology and the various career options it offers women in a heavily male-dominated field, then I know I’m making a difference.

Omar Cruz

Omar Cruz

Chief of Cyber Threat Management, FEMA​ DeVry University alumnus​


Being at the forefront of cybersecurity allows me to give back in important ways, to my field and to the American people, and I couldn’t ask for anything more.


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