Creating a Career Path in Cybersecurity
Cybil code: G0860
From: Aug 2022
To: Mar 2026
The program has provided training to economically disadvantaged youths and young adults (ages 18-25) in ten OAS Member States, with the objective of exposing them to technical training in cybersecurity and promoting their professional development in this field.
The objective of this program is to provide cybersecurity and professional development training for students from 10 OAS Member States, to strengthen both their technical and soft skills, and improve their employability in the field.
The program will benefit economically disadvantaged youths and young adults (ages 18-25). It will be delivered through such initiatives as the Entrepreneurship Incubator, Cyber Talent Network, OAS Cyber Challenge, Cyberwomen Challenge, Massive Open Online Course, and Citi Lab, among others.
In 2022 the 5 countries participating in the programme are: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico and Panama.
The intended output of the program is to close the cybersecurity skills gap, but also to create a better prepared workforce and provide new opportunities for young people in the region to enter this industry. Several of the students participating in the program obtained internships or a first job in both public and private institutions after participating in the program.
Between 2017 and 2022, this program has trained more than 1,000 young people in cybersecurity, involving more than 45 universities and institutions in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Trinidad and Tobago.
In addition, 14 of these students completed a professional experience with CSIRTAmericas, the OAS/CICTE hemispheric network of cybersecurity incident response teams, strengthening their technical skills and gaining relevant experience in the field.
The program includes an intensive cybersecurity and professional development training, as well as additional learning opportunities, such as an internship program, a workshop on digital skills and entrepreneurship, a CTF competition and access to online courses through the Platzi platform.
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