EC-Council, the global cybersecurity certification leader, and the Higher Institute for Digital Transformation (HIDT) have joined forces to contribute to developing a competent cybersecurity workforce in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, (May 10, 2023): To bridge the cybersecurity skill gap in Saudi Arabia, EC-Council has partnered with the Higher Institute for Digital Transformation (HIDT) to help aspiring professionals get job-ready with high-quality, industry-relevant training in crucial cybersecurity domains like cloud security, ethical hacking, network security, and more. This partnership aims to foster a new generation of competent professionals capable of advancing the state of cybersecurity in the region.
The Higher Institute for Digital Transformation (HIDT) is the first private national institute seeking to accelerate digital transformation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. HIDT enables Saudi and non-Saudi professionals to expand their careers by equipping them with transitional skills that meet the ‘new normal’ workforce demand. With this partnership, learners in Saudi Arabia can leverage EC-Council’s highly accredited programs like the Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), Certified Network Defender (C|ND), Certified Cybersecurity Technician (C|CT), and Certified Cloud Security Professional (C|CSE) to acquire industry-leading skills in their areas of interest and gain a competitive edge in the job market.
The expansion of cutting-edge technologies and the increasing dependence of businesses on these technologies have exacerbated Saudi Arabia’s threat landscape with newer threats, boosting its cybersecurity market. According to Statista, the cybersecurity market in Saudi Arabia is projected to grow at an annual growth rate (CAGR 2023-2028) of 8.49%, resulting in a market volume of 572.60 million USD by 2028. With the market forecasted to boom, the demand for well-trained cybersecurity professionals is also expected to grow. The expanding market demand, fueled by the demand for qualified professionals, creates additional lucrative job opportunities.
“Cybersecurity is an ever-evolving field,” says Jay Bavisi, President and CEO of EC-Council. “To combat today’s complex cyber attacks, it is necessary to train professionals to be competent in the latest cybersecurity technologies, tools, and best practices. This collaboration with HIDT will empower Saudi Arabia’s next generation of security professionals with the necessary knowledge and technical know-how in detecting, responding, and mitigating cyber threats.”
As cyber threats continue to jeopardize businesses with financial and long-term reputational damage, EC-Council stays steadfast in its mission of contributing to a secure digital world by imparting quality education to eager candidates. This exemplary partnership with HIDT is a step ahead in creating a solid cybersecurity labor pool in Saudi Arabia by exposing learners to a world-class cybersecurity training curriculum.
EC-Council’s sole purpose is to build and refine the cybersecurity profession globally. Its core mission is to help organizations, educators, governments, and individuals address global workforce problems by developing and curating world-class cybersecurity education programs and certifications while providing cybersecurity services to some of the largest businesses around the world. EC-Council is trusted by seven of the Fortune 10 companies, 47 of the Fortune 100 companies, the U.S. Department of Defense, global intelligence communities, NATO, and more than 2,000 of the world’s best universities, colleges, and training companies. EC-Council programs are available in more than 140 countries and set the bar for cybersecurity education.
The Higher Institute for Digital Transformation (HIDT) is a leading educational institution based in Saudi Arabia that focuses on providing high-quality training in English and Arabic languages, digital transformation, entrepreneurship, women leadership, DEI, hack-a-thons, thought leadership, workshops, boot camps, and other short courses designed to upskill professionals. With a mission to develop human capital and promote diversity and innovation, HIDT offers face-to-face and virtual training programs that equip learners with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving business landscape.