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Check Point and Cybersafe team up to provide equal opportunities for women in Africa

Check Point and Cybersafe team up to provide equal opportunities for women in Africa

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Check Point Software Technologies, a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions globally, has partnered with an Africa-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Cybersafe Foundation, to combat the ongoing cybersecurity skills shortage.

The collaboration with Check Point’s SecureAcademy programme, which provides free cutting-edge cyber educational content through partnerships with higher learning institutions and non-profit organisations, will see its courses being used as part of Cybersafe’s programme, CyberGirls, a one-year free initiative designed to equip women between the ages of 18 and 28 with globally sought-after technical skills.

Cybersafe Foundation strives to raise awareness about cybersecurity and empowers communities to navigate the digital landscape securely through the power of education. The CyberGirls programme is one that specifically focuses on closing the gender gap in the industry and uplifting those living in underserved communities across Africa, helping them improve their socio-economic position while also combatting the increasing threat posed by cybercrime. The fellowship achieves this by offering its fellows hands-on training, mentorship to become certification-ready and the chance to partake in a number of internships and shadowing placements.

The partnership with Check Point’s education programme, SecureAcademy, will see the NGO’s fellows gain access to free training, training of Cybersafe teachers, as well as industry-recognised certifications that will accelerate their career. Through the programme, Check Point is already working with over 160 academic partners who serve over 45 thousand students, across more than 60 countries to combat the 3.5 million cybersecurity job vacancies that currently exist globally.

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