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Editor’s brief: With cybersecurity becoming the forerunner in the infocomm space, eclipsing traditional enterprise networking and telecoms, there is a need to nurture and develop next-generation talents to gear up for this space. Check Point Software is a cybersecurity leader that has a well-developed educational program known as SecureAcademy, which has become the 100th academic institution to join the Global Education Program (GEP). Read more below.

SINGAPORE Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), a leading provider of cyber security solutions globally, has today announced that its Check Point SecureAcademy™ education initiative reached a major milestone with the 100th academic institution joining the program to provide a comprehensive cyber security curriculum to students.

SecureAcademy offers an in-depth academic program to higher learning institutions worldwide, promoting educational and career opportunities in cyber security for students. SecureAcademy courses are now available at 100 universities in 40 countries, helping to shape the cyber-experts of the future and narrowing the cyber skills gap. Recent research shows the number of unfilled cyber security roles now stands at 4.07 million professionals globally, up from 2.93 million last year.

Courses in Check Point’s SecureAcademy program are taught in partnership with established educational institutions across the country and around the world. These provide students with practical exposure with industry-standard security solutions while introducing them to fundamental cyber security concepts like threat identification and mitigation. Students who successfully complete the course will get internationally recognized credentials in cyber security.

The SecureAcademy instructor training courseware, instructor certification, software licenses, and marketing support are all provided at no cost by Check Point. Students who complete the program and pass the certification exam will be considered for employment in any of Check Point’s more than 5,000 partner organizations across the world.

“This milestone clearly shows the value that both students and leading educations institutions place on the SecureAcademy program, which is helping to equip the next generation of cyber-warriors with the skills they need to succeed in the industry,” said Shay Solomon, director for education services, Check Point Software Technologies. “The cybersecurity skills gap is large and still growing, so initiatives such as SecureAcademy and our innovative Knowledge Programs will be key to attracting and engaging students to help bridge that gap. By offering range of opportunities for formal learning and professional development, we can give students a deeper understanding of the sector, and a fast-track route to employment.”

As part of Check Point’s commitment to develop the next generation of cyber security professionals, it is also offering a new, free 4.5 hour online technical training course via, the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider which delivers IT and cyber security training to anyone, anywhere, and every skill level. The Check Point course covers cyber security threats and security management. Further free training modules will be available in 2020 covering cloud security, IoT security, mobile security and threat prevention.

Check Point also offers CloudGuard Cyber-Range training. These courses deliver immersive cyber security training in simulated environments via the flexible Cyber Range cloud platform, offering an engaging, gamified learning environment. Training is fully adaptive to users’ needs with built-in debriefing and progression tracking.