Check Point, Cybersafe partner for skills initiative for young African women
Check Point, an international provider of cybersecurity solutions, has joined forces with African non-governmental organisation, Cybersafe Foundation, in a move to address skills shortages in the field of cyber security.
The collaboration will see Check Point’s SecureAcademy’s free cyber security-focused courses offered as part of Cybersafe’s CyberGirls programme.
Check Point will provide access to free training for CyberGirls participants, as well as Cybersafe teacher training and industry-recognised certifications, say the organisations.
Check Point’s SecureAcademy is already working with 160 academic partners, which provide support to over 45,000 students in 60 countries.
CyberGirls is a free, one-year initiative designed to equip young women, between 18 and 28 years old, with valuable technical cyber security skills. The initiative aims to close the gender gap in the cyber security sector, as well as uplift those living in underserved communities across Africa. The course offers hands-on training, mentorship, and the chance to take part in internships and shadowing placements.
Pankaj Bhula, Regional director, Africa, Check Point said: “Education is fundamental to combating the increasing volume of cybercrime, both at home and abroad. Partnerships, such as this one, are key in closing the skills gap and helping to create a future employee pipeline in the cybersecurity sector.
Confidence Staveley, founder and executive director, Cybersafe Foundation says: "Our partnership with Check Point will contribute immensely to our disruptive educational model, by providing free quality cybersecurity training to the CyberGirls community."