First Sub Sahara Africa cyber security training, testing center set up

Written By: Beth Nyaga
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Pan African cyber security consultancy firm Serianu has opened the doors of the first of its kind state-of-the -art Cyber Immersion Center.

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The training center targets cyber security professionals in Africa to hone their skills and ramp up their cyber-attack preparedness.

The cyber range provides trainees with an opportunity to conduct realistic drills to test their personal knowledge and review their organizations cyber responsiveness.

The training institute on the other hand additionally provides cyber skills development and education programs tailored to the varying needs of directors, managers and technicians covering simulations, product testing, deep dive applications and systems as well as digital forensics among many others.

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Through its two-prong approach, Serianu’s Cyber Immersion Center aims to build a strong pool of cyber security talent pipeline to drive its cyber security initiatives and build a dynamic national as well as regional cyber security ecosystem.

Serianu Chief Operations Officer Joseph Mathenge, explains that Serianu’s Cyber Immersion Center is a hybrid between an advanced cyber range and an educational institute.

He added that the center is now open to train local enterprises and public organizations with the necessary know-how to counter cyber threats in a holistic manner to help them mitigate the risks and costs associated with cyber disruptions. At the same time, The Center provides experienced cyber security professionals with the opportunity to enhance their skills by training with leading cyber security experts.

He explained that the facility will also drastically reduce the cost of specialized cyber security training, pointing out that presently, training costs are high as local professionals rely on European and American designed courses. The average cost of technical of training now is USD 3000. The generic courses are costly since they cover a broad spectrum of subjects.

At the Serianu Cyber Immersion Center, training will be priced at an average of USD 1,000 for the courses, meaning that professionals from across the Sub Saharan Africa will not need to go Europe for training.

Cyber security as a growing career space and Africa has reached a critical point where original courses that include local relevant cases are required. This requires defining the specific risks in the country and building courses related to these areas to empower employees.

Serianu Chief Executive Officer William Makatiani said in a statement that with incidences of cyber threats growing at an average of 25 per cent annually and losses piling into hundreds of millions of shillings for private and public organizations, while, the firm decided to invest in a local Cyber Immersion Center to equip organizations the skills to deal with attackers who have become more sophisticated.

The only one in Sub Saharan Africa, it mirrors those existing in Europe, the US and Asia, and is designed to meet a huge demand for such a specialized facility that provides professionals with a modern, third party environment to test individual and organizational cyber threat resilience, train cyber security professionals and deliver locally designed courses based on relevant case studies.

Located in Nairobi, Serianu’s Cyber Immersion Center is grounded in the metropolis that is fast emerging as Sub-Sahara Africa’s technology hub where for the first time in the region’s technological history, cyber security professionals now have an opportunity to stay a step ahead of the curve in an ever-evolving global cyber security landscape.

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