The first cohort of 170 trainees has graduated from the Cyber Shujaa program run by the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in partnership with Kenya Bankers Association and Serianu Limited. The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE) funded the program.
The graduates are expected to inject the knowledge gained into helping their organisations to become more compliant with data protection and cyber security.
The initiative aims to train more cyber security experts aims to address gaps within the ICT and Cybersecurity sector in Africa by continuously analyzing the market and industry for ICT talent needs, designing practical curriculums for these needs, conducting vigorous training for the participants, and providing market placement and mentorship of these youth.
USIU-Africa Interim Vice Chancellor Prof. Freida Brown said, “Today, we are able to see the impact of this program since its launch. The trainees you see here today have gained practical skills in Compliance with Data Protection Regulations including Data Inventory, Impact Assessment, Policy documentation, Incident Handling and Data Privacy Governance. In addition, 40% of them have been able to take their organizations through the registration process for the Data Protection Act,
Among the Cyber Shujaa programs offered is data protection training, which attracted 90 graduates selected from 47 banks in Kenya. the experts are drawn from various departments such as. Risk, IT, Security, and Compliance or Legal. The Cybersecurity Analyst Training had 80 trainees, with 10 already placed with different organisations. The other course offered was Cybersecurity Analyst Training which had 80 trainees.
Central Bank of Kenya Deputy Governor Ms Sheila M’Mbijiwe who was the chief guest at the ceremony held at USIU-Africa said, “Today’s graduation is a confirmation that Kenya is making important strides in protecting our peoples’ data in all sectors of the economy. We will all leverage technology to ensure that our organizations implement IT security systems and awareness training programs”