First group from Trend Micro Saudi cybersecurity training program graduates

The Graduate Academy for Cyber Security Program sees first graduation of Saudi nationals

The first participants have already found career placement in the Trend Micro ecosystem.
The first participants have already found career placement in the Trend Micro ecosystem.

The first learners from the Trend Micro’s Saudi Arabia Graduate Academy for Cyber Security Program have graduated.

As Saudi Vision 2030 fuels diversified economic growth and digital transformation, the Kingdom’s IT market is set to grow by about SAR 22 billion to 2023, according to a recent report by market research firm Technavio. As Saudi organisations digitally transform, they face an urgent need for highly-skilled IT and cyber-security professionals.

“Saudi Arabia’s organisations need smart, technically proficient, and business-savvy Saudi nationals to lead the Digital Economy,” said Dr. Moataz Bin Ali, vice president Trend Micro Middle East and North Africa. “Our Saudi Arabia Graduate Academy for Cyber Security Program has seen strong success in enabling young, educated Saudis to excel, and to support Saudi Vision 2030’s goals for high-demand IT jobs and enabling digital transformation.”

The training program includes general and technical skills development, including technical and soft-skills training. The program includes out-of-the-box challenges designed to put participants’ mental abilities to the test.

Participants shadow different teams in multiple areas of business development, system and technical consulting, engineering, marketing, technical support, and operations, enabling them to identify their aptitude for future career leverage.  Following the two-year-long program, the first cohort of 10 Saudi citizens has graduated and these participants have already found career placement in the Trend Micro ecosystem.

More than 2,800 applications were received from recent Saudi graduates in Engineering or Computer Science this year.

In the near future, Trend Micro plans to expand the Graduate Academy for Cyber Security Program across the Middle East and North Africa, including to Egypt and Jordan.

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