Empowering Aspiring Cybersecurity Professionals the Joint Initiative Aims to Offer EC-Council’s C|CT Scholarship for Entry-Level Skills in Cybersecurity
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (August 9, 2023): By announcing a strategic alliance with DesertClouds, EC-Council, the inventor of Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) as well as a global leader in cybersecurity training and certification, endeavors to promote cybersecurity skill development in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by helping interested candidates build job-ready skills in domains such as cloud security, ethical hacking, network security, etc. A managed cloud service provider in the eastern province, DesertClouds recognizes information security skill sets as a key IT industry demand that is increasingly crucial to protecting organizations against internal and external threats. Through this partnership, they aim to facilitate the creation of robust cybersecurity capable of tackling evolving information security threats with practical competence.
As projected by PayScale, the average base salary of professionals with cybersecurity skills in Saudi Arabia is SAR 154K/year. With lucrative compensations being offered to skilled candidates, the partnership is a constructive step toward helping aspiring cyber professionals in Saudi Arabia tap the potential of this field by gaining in-demand skills by leveraging EC-Council’s market-leading certifications such as the Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), Certified Network Defender (C|ND), Certified Cybersecurity Technician (C|CT), Certified Cloud Security Professional (C|CSE) and more.
The partnership further aims to provide EC-Council’s Certified Cybersecurity Technician (C|CT) scholarship to deserving candidates, enabling them to acquire entry-level skills to begin a career in cybersecurity. The C|CT scholarship worth $3.5 million aims to close the cybersecurity workforce gap by 2024. Awardees of the scholarship will get a golden opportunity to train with commercial-grade courseware, 200 hours of video-based learning in the C|CT course, hands-on labs, and EC-Council’s official cyber range.
A recent Statista report forecasts that the cybersecurity revenue in Saudi Arabia is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 8.49% in (2023-2028), amounting to USD 572.60 million by 2028. With enterprises in Saudi Arabia increasing their investments in security tools and equipment to tackle modern cyber-attacks, the cybersecurity market is expected to grow more in the future, creating several IT and cybersecurity job prospects.
“Through our partnership with DesertClouds, we aim to empower professionals in Saudi Arabia to build successful careers in this domain. The demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals in Saudi Arabia is witnessing a sharp rise with the government’s initiatives to boost cybersecurity in the region. By enabling candidates to train with our popular certifications, we cultivate a workforce that meets the needs of the industry and can protect the nation against innovative cyber threats” said Jay Bavisi, President and CEO of the EC-Council Group.
With organizations in dire need of skilled professionals, the collaboration between EC-Council and DesertClouds aims to develop a highly competent and resilient cybersecurity workforce having strong exposure to real-world challenges. By offering Saudi Arabian professionals unparalleled learning and skill development opportunities, the partnership bridges the ever-widening skill gap in this domain and contributes to bolstering the overall cybersecurity posture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
EC-Council invented the Certified Ethical Hacker. Founded in 2001 in response to 9/11, EC-Council’s mission is to provide the training and certifications apprentice and experienced cybersecurity professionals need to keep corporations, government agencies and others who employ them safe from attack.
Best known for its Certified Ethical Hacker program, EC-Council today offers 200 different trainings, certificates, and degrees in everything from Computer Forensic Investigation and Security Analysis to Threat Intelligence and Information Security. An ISO/IEC 17024 Accredited Organization recognized under the U.S. Defense Department Directive 8140/8570 and many other authoritative cybersecurity bodies worldwide, the company has certified over 350,000 professionals across the globe. Trusted by seven of the Fortune 10, half of the Fortune 100, and the intelligence communities of 140 nations, EC-Council is the gold standard in cybersecurity education and certification.
A truly global organization with a driving belief in bringing diversity, equity and inclusion to the modern cybersecurity workforce, EC-Council maintains 11 offices in the U.S., the UK, India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. The company can be reached online at EC-Council.com
DesertClouds.com is a Managed Cloud Service Provider based in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, providing Cloud Services to customers in the local market segments such as Healthcare, Education, Oil & Gas, and others. Our new partnership with EC-Council has been established to cater to the Information Security training requirements for our customers both in Enterprise B2B space and individual B2C space. Developing an Information Security skill set is a key IT industry demand to protect a company’s data assets and intellectual property (IP) from threats within and outside an organization.