Check Point Partners With Netcampus To Tackle Crucial Cybersecurity Skills Gap In South Africa

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A hundred graduates to receive critical cybersecurity training over the next two years. Check Point Software is making a training contribution towards addressing the crucial cybersecurity skills gap in South Africa.


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Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions globally, has partnered with the Netcampus Group, a leading South African Information Communications Technology (ICT) training organization, to enhance its Kagisano skills programme by offering critical cybersecurity training to young graduates.

The public/private sector initiative under the Kagisano Programme, which means 'building together', specifically aims to provide 2000 graduates over the next two years with the “skills of now” such as Cybersecurity, Data Science, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence amongst others. These skills sets have been carefully crafted to address unemployment challenges with the intent to lead to inclusive economic growth.

“By equipping young South Africans with these critical skills, we can unlock their potential, foster entrepreneurship and enhance their employability in a technology driven market,” says Tebogo Makgatho, Netcampus Group CEO.

Check Point with their Internationally accredited curriculum in cybersecurity ranging from vulnerability, penetration testing, hacking, networking, and cloud security will create quality cybersecurity graduates. These individuals are expected to address the huge demand from large corporates looking to generate trustworthy and secure decision-making insights and to engage with customers and protect their organizations from cyber threats.

Pankaj Bhula, EMEA Regional Director: Africa at Check Point Software, emphasizes the dire need for skilled cybersecurity professionals. "With only 10,000 qualified cybersecurity experts across a continent of 1.2 billion, Africa's vulnerability to cyber threats is starkly evident. Our partnership with Netcampus is a step toward mitigating this risk and strengthening Africa's digital defenses."

Check Point Software's 2023 Mid-Year Security Report underscores the urgency of the situation, with an 8% increase in global cyberattacks and numerous organizations falling prey to ransomware, highlighting the critical role of cybersecurity expertise.

In the face of this global challenge, Check Point Software's commitment to cybersecurity education is demonstrated through initiatives like this partnership, aimed at building a robust workforce capable of defending against sophisticated cyber threats.

We are enthusiastic about our partnership with Check Point Software," says the spokesperson from Netcampus. "It's a significant move towards realizing our vision of leading the ICT Training industry by not just imparting education but also creating a pathway to internships and employment for thousands of aspiring professionals.

By focusing on education and offering comprehensive cybersecurity solutions, Check Point Software and Netcampus are actively contributing to a more secure digital landscape for businesses and individuals alike.

For additional information on Check Point's Infinity Global Services and cybersecurity solutions, please visit https://www.checkpoint.com/services/infinity-global/.

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