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CIT, Cisco, and NTI Launch First Cybersecurity Academy, Bridging Cybersecurity Skills in Egypt

Cisco Egypt, together with the Ministry of CIT and NTI, launch a Cybersecurity Academy: the first of its kind in Egypt to teach the skills needed to deal with the growing global challenge of cybersecurity

 

The global shortage of cybersecurity professionals threatens both the private and public ICT sectors. There were more than a million job openings in cybersecurity around the world in 2016, and the demand for cybersecurity experts has grown three times faster than any other ICT role in the past year.  

These trends provide both a challenge and an opportunity for Egypt and North Africa. In an attempt to defend against the relentless evolution of cybercrime and shifting attack modes, Cisco Egypt today launched the first Cybersecurity Academy in Egypt at Cairo ICT 2017. The Cybersecurity Academy will offer an internationally recognized certificate obtainable from the National Telecom Institute (NTI) in conjunction with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

The first intake will be for 300 early-in-career learners in the ICT field. Candidates will study cybersecurity for a duration of three months in the following fields:

  • Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA®)
  • CCNA Security
  • Cisco Cybersecurity Essentials
  • CCNA Cybersecurity Operations

“Cybercrime is now one of the most reported economic crimes in Egypt, with our economy reportedly losing lots of money because of online criminal activities. This Cybersecurity Academy will help us not only fight this horrendous crime, but also use the talent pool it is building for Egypt to be a global digital leader,” said Yasser Elkady, Minister of Communication and Information Technology.

Speaking at the launch, Ayman Elgohary, Managing Director for Cisco Egypt, said, “The launch of the Cybersecurity Academy by Minister Yasser Elkady, Cisco, and the NTI is a huge step toward the bridging of the cybersecurity skills gap in Egypt. The learners will benefit from real-life experiential learning to understand the Egypt ICT security environment in the context of global network security and will also receive a recognized Cisco Security certificate, which they can use to elevate their respective professions.”

The Cybersecurity Academy is over and above Cisco’s successful flagship program, the Cisco Networking Academy®, which turned 20 years old recently and has trained almost 90,000 students in networking and ICT skills since its inception in Egypt in 1997.

“In this hyper connected world, security attacks such as WannaCry and Nyetya are a fact of life. It’s no longer a matter of whether these attacks will happen, but when. We hope, with the launch of the Cybersecurity Academy, Cisco can assist businesses in Egypt to overcome the security challenges they face, especially in the skills space,” said Elgohary.

"Egypt needs well trained calibers working in the field of cybersecurity roles. These calibers are critical components in both private industry and the government to protect their vital information and resources. National Telecommunication Institute being a reputed educational institution is committed to strengthening and disseminating cyber security information that the workforce need to do their jobs and helping to ensure that we have well-trained cybersecurity leaders for tomorrow", said Dr. Iman Ashour, National Telecommunication Institute (NTI) Director.

To enroll, learners are encourage to visit the NTI website at www.nti.sci.eg.

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