22May 2019

KU to extend Cybersecurity Academy for two semesters

Updated : Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 04:30:02 PM
Program first of its kind in Kuwait
Editorial Staff
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KUWAIT CITY(IAMINKUWAIT):  Kuwait University announced it will extend the “Cybersecurity Academy” initiative for two more academic semesters in 2019 and 2020 to train students of the College of Engineering and Petroleum.

The announcement was made in a press statement on the sidelines of the a graduation ceremony for 18 students who underwent a oneweek training program on dealing with cyber attacks on Tuesday.

The statement added that the program is the fi rst of its kind in Kuwait and is organized in cooperation with the US-based Raytheon Company. Through this initiative, Kuwait also aims to establish its fi rst cybersecurity laboratory, it said.

The initiative focuses on skillsbuilding workshops in cybersecurity to face the growing cyber talent gap around the world, the statement noted.

Raytheon Company is a pioneer in technology and innovation, specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions.

The company was founded in 1922, providing state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and C5ITM products and services.

During the graduation ceremony, Kuwait University and Raytheon honored students that demonstrated their newly acquired skills after competing in a capstone exercise where students examined and secured systems using the knowledge gained over the week. Students were tasked with finding, addressing and mitigating misconfigurations and vulnerabilities in the provided targets.

Winning students included Sayed Mahmoud Al Mohri, Hussain Al Mousawi and Ahmad Al Ghanim.

The first Cyber Academy program took place at the College of Engineering and Petroleum at Kuwait University’s Khaldiya Campus. The Raytheon Cyber Academy aims to develop students’ cybersecurity skills and address the growing cyber talent gap around the world.

Courtesy  : Arab Times

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