Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, September 10, 2021 – With the worldwide cybersecurity skills gap continuing to widen, it’s vital that the cybersecurity industry pays close attention to initiatives to recruit and retain female talent. Programs aiming to boost the number of female leaders and close the digital skills and technology accessibility gaps are critical.
With the goal of bridging the cybersecurity education and skills gap, EC-Council Academia has formed an alliance with MEGA Consulting in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to introduce cybersecurity courses to women students and professionals. The partnership is a collaborative effort that solidifies a commitment to closing the gender gap in the cybersecurity workforce by bringing in more talented women to prepare the nation to defend against the security threats of today and tomorrow. To build a strong, dependable, and growing network of passionate cybersecurity professional women in the Middle East, EC-Council, in association with MEGA Consulting and Saudi Women in Cybersecurity, organized a women-only webinar titled How to Build a Successful Career in Cybersecurity. In this webinar, Mr. Majed M. Alshodari, Chief Cybersecurity Officer for SALAMA Cooperative Insurance Company, addresses women students and professionals, highlighting the changing dynamics of the cybersecurity industry. He further discusses future initiatives involving women’s empowerment; available career paths for women; and academic courses, training, and certification programs aligned to their career development. The event was well received, with more than 500 women in attendance. The number of attendees provides strong evidence that women in KSA are eager to join the talented pool of skilled cybersecurity professionals, are enthusiastic to gain technical skills training, and are interested in obtaining hands-on experience in the field to help them chart their career trajectory. EC-Council’s partnership with MEGA Consulting is a robust initiative designed to inspire more women to pursue a career of their choice by enrolling in EC-Council’s credentialing programs and receiving mentorship along the way. “Diversity, equity, and inclusion are high priorities in every industry,” says Jay Bavisi, President and CEO of EC-Council. “If we wish to close the skills gap in cybersecurity, organizations across the industry must work to train and onboard a more diverse workforce of cybersecurity professionals. Through our partnership with MEGA, we will raise awareness about cybersecurity amongst the talented pool of women in the Middle East and dispel misconceptions surrounding the field. Significantly, the 100% online, flexible, and accredited programs of EC-Council will enable these women to become certified at their own pace. The success of the event gives us great hope for the future. While the road to closing the gender gap may not be a straightforward one, we are committed to the cause and are working to improve the present condition.” The EC-Council Academia partner program was created to provide tailored EC-Council courses, certifications, and ancillaries to higher education institutions across the globe for all genders. Partnerships equip clients with valuable tools, resources, and degree programs to fit their budget. EC-Council programs help students achieve their certification goals and assist in developing cybersecurity skills that fit industry requirements.
About MEGA Consulting
MEGA Consulting was established in 2004 and began providing its services to the business sector, governmental, and semi-governmental organizations. The company’s success and progress has continued, thanks to a strategic vision based on developing expertise, providing consultancy, and supporting the development of human resources. MEGA Consulting works to achieve its goals by applying relevant policies, as well as methodologies and procedures, based on global best practices to provide practical solutions with added value to its clients. To learn more, visit https://megact.net/
EC-Council’s sole purpose is to build and refine the cybersecurity profession globally. At the core of its mission is helping organizations, educators, governments, and individuals address global workforce problems by developing and curating world-class cybersecurity education programs and certifications while also providing cybersecurity services to some of the largest businesses around the world. EC-Council is trusted by seven of the Fortune 10, 47 of the Fortune 100, the Department of Defense, global intelligence communities, NATO, and more than 2,000 of the best universities, colleges, and training companies. Their programs have made their way to 140 countries and have set the bar in cybersecurity education. To learn more, visit https://www.eccouncil.org/
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