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From zero to cyber hero: re/start in cyber program doubles the number of students

Re/start in cyber training program, designed for career switchers, has successfully completed its selection process. After about two months of tests and interviews, we're excited to say that we're doubling the number of participants. Instead of 30, now 60 students will start online learning from a leading cybersecurity education provider. In total, 263 people tried to join the program.

We must bolster the security of our digital infrastructure, which is impossible without skilled professionals. That's why we, in collaboration with our partners, have launched Re/start in cyber training project. The candidates' educational backgrounds and their eagerness to acquire new knowledge were so impressive that we decided to double the number of students. We wish the future experts success as we fortify our cyber front together,’ Oleksandr Bornyakov, the Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine on IT industry development said.

Many candidates already possess experience in IT. But more than half don't work in technology—they have jobs in marketing, finance, sales, and other areas. The average age of the future students is 36 years old.

The free 3-month training program for career switchers, re/start in cyber, is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, international cybersecurity company ISSP, Toronto Metropolitan University, and the recruiting platform BazaIT.

The primary objective is to provide talented Ukrainians with high-quality knowledge and practical skills, enabling them to find their first job in cybersecurity.

‘The shortage of qualified specialists in the cybersecurity market continues to grow. In order to protect information assets from cyber threats, Ukraine requires skilled personnel. We are committed to fostering the potential of individuals who have applied for re/start in cyber program through our knowledge and expertise,’ Roman Sologub, CEO at ISSP stated. ‘We are grateful to our international partners from the US and Canada for their willingness to support such initiatives and provide additional educational opportunities for Ukrainians just starting their career path in cybersecurity.’

Mentors from the ISSP Training Center will provide guidance to students in both online and offline formats.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be eligible to obtain the prestigious SANS GIAC Foundational Cybersecurity Technologies (GFACT) certificate, which is recognized worldwide. In order to achieve this, students must pass a test in July.

The program will also help students find their first job in cybersecurity with a career support course from the recruiting platform BazaIT.

After the pilot project ends, the organizers may expand the number of educational spots available in subsequent selection rounds.



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