SINGAPORE – Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), a leading provider of cyber security solutions globally, today announced that it will provide a comprehensive cyber security curriculum to Singapore Polytechnic as part of the Check Point SecureAcademy™ education program worldwide.
As Singapore continues to transform the nation through technology, having secure, trusted and resilient cyber security nation-wide is the quintessential vision. Cyber threats and crimes are becoming more sophisticated, while organizations are warming up to a healthy awareness for the need for cyber security capabilities. Against the polarity of cyber threats and cyber security expertise, Singapore is set to face a potential shortage of up to 3,400 cyber-security professionals by 2020. Globally, an estimated 3.5 million unfilled positions will be expected by 2021.
From Classroom to Career
In an effort to address the massive shortfall in cyber security professionals worldwide, the Check Point SecureAcademy program is designed to advance students from classroom to career.
Through this program, students gain the ability to recognize and resolve IT security threats, develop hands-on experience with leading security solutions and acquire employable real-world skills to protect networks.
Upon completion of the course, students will earn a globally recognized credential in cyber security with an industry-recognised certification assuring expertise in the field anywhere in the world.
An educational program which is not revenue driven, Check Point SecureAcademy offers highly demanded and valuable instructor training courseware, instructor certification, software licenses and marketing support to colleges, universities and accredited institutions of higher education, completely free of charge.
Students who pass the certification exam upon completion will be extended an interview opportunity for employment at Check Point global offices or its network of more than 5000 affiliates.
“The cyber security industry is plagued by a talent gap in which there are significantly more jobs to fill than there are qualified candidates,” noted Shay Solomon, director for cyber security education services, Check Point Software Technologies. “Our mission is to bridge that gap by creating more opportunities for formal learning and professional development in which students walk away with not just a deeper understanding of industry-leading solutions, but also a tangible path to employment.”
“Partnering with Check Point SecureAcademy allows our staff and students to have access to the training and best practices from Check Point, a leading provider of cyber security solutions in the industry. Our students will be better prepared when they enter the workforce,” said Mr Liew Chin Chuan, Director, School of Computing, Singapore Polytechnic.