Kordia is launching its second annual Kordia Cyber Academy, a program launched last year to address the cybersecurity skills crisis in New Zealand.
The Kordia Cyber Academy is an intensive six-week course that will provide New Zealanders looking to enter the industry with hands-on, hands-on cybersecurity training from some of the country’s top cybersecurity professionals.
Kordia Group CEO Shaun Rendell says the academy is a great base for those wanting a real insight into the cybersecurity industry.
“Students will learn best practices from our experts, who detect and respond to real cybersecurity alerts and events every day. Being exposed to operations that protect businesses from digital threats is great preparation for those looking to enter the workforce,” says Rendell.
Globally, cyberattacks and incidents have increased dramatically, with the cost of cybercrime estimated at around $600 billion. Closer to home, the Reserve Bank used data from banks and the insurance industry to estimate the cost of cybercrime in New Zealand between 80 and 140 million dollars a year.
The demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals has exploded – with 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs to be filled around the world in 2021.
The Kordia Cyber Academy is an active measure to strengthen New Zealand’s cybersecurity industry and train Kiwi talent in a rewarding and in-demand profession.
“As one of the nation’s leading cybersecurity providers, Kordia has a responsibility to play an active role in developing cyber talent.
“Our ambition with the academy is to develop talented individuals, who can help build a more cyber-resilient New Zealand,” says Rendell.
Improving diversity in cybersecurity
Rendell says the previous cohort included a wide range of students, with an almost equal split of women and men entering the academy from different backgrounds. He hopes this year’s program will attract an even more diverse group of applicants.
“The tech industry faces challenges related to diversity, especially gender balance. At Kordia, we know that diversity is a strength when it comes to building high performing teams. This is very true in the cybersecurity industry, where the ability to think outside the box is essential when developing defensive strategies. We hope the academy will continue to attract a range of people from all walks of life to the industry.
Rendell says the academy is not just for young people or students. Applications are encouraged from those looking to change careers.
“Many of Kordia’s cyber specialists have entered the industry from other careers – we have engineers, a former policeman and even a chef in our ranks.”
Last class graduate Sumedha Mukherjee says she found the Kordia Cyber Academy to be a valuable learning experience – and a vital stepping stone in her current role as a security analyst at Kordia.
“You learn something new every day and meet like-minded, qualified people. I really enjoy the aspect of protecting businesses against cyberattacks and being able to work with a range of tools. »
Another graduate, Noah Bonneaud, agrees, adding that the industry background was a key benefit of the program.
“The exposure to the work environment was a great experience and I learned a lot compared to the academic content covered at university. It allowed me to improve my skills and knowledge,” says Bonneaud, now a vulnerability management specialist at Kordia.
The academy will be face-to-face in central Auckland, structured over 18 hours, three days a week.
The selection process includes an online application and a personal interview. Successful applicants will receive a scholarship offer along with further course and timetable details.
Visit Kordia Cyber Academy for more details.
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