Cybersecurity solutions company, Check Point Software has announced that its education initiative has partnered with Strathmore University in Kenya to provide a comprehensive cybersecurity curriculum to students, bridging the digital skills gap and also creating a safer local cyber landscape.
According to research, the number of unfilled cybersecurity roles now stands at 4.07 million professionals globally. What causes alarm for those within the security market across Africa is that the ICT courses across a range of disciplines are still underdeveloped, as well as the skills required to operate, support and understand the complexities of next-generation technologies and threats.
Introducing the Check Point SecureAcademy
To keep up with the current threat landscape, cybersecurity professionals require a deeper set of skills and insight. Therefore, students need to be given access to broader cybersecurity knowledge.
To address this skills gap, the Check Point SecureAcademy aims to give students the ability to recognise and resolve IT security threats, develop hands-on experience with leading security solutions and acquire employable real-world skills to protect networks through the programme’s courses.
The @iLabAfrica Centre of Excellence in ICT Innovation and Development at Strathmore University will work closely with Check Point SecureAcademy to expose students to Check Point security solutions as an additional part of their curriculum.
“This partnership with Check Point has come at an opportune time to assist in training our students and equipping them with the right cybersecurity skills. We look forward to having 50 plus students benefit annually from this training programme and join the workforce in empowering the cybersecurity space in Kenya,” says Dr. Joseph Sevilla, Director @iLabAfrica-Strathmore University.
SecureAcademy courses are available at 100 universities in 40 countries, helping to shape the cyber-experts of the future. The academy’s network in Africa now consists of six universities, across five countries, including Liberia, Morocco, South Africa, Nigeria and with the addition of Strathmore University, Kenya.
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