The 1000 Penetration Testers for Africa Programme

George-Paul de Lange, the CEO of Cyber Intelligent Systems (Pty) Ltd (CIS), has 25 years of experience in IT, including 17 years of experience in the information security industry and, having filled many diverse roles, noticed a big demand for cybersecurity skills development on the African continent.
African organisations need people with demonstratable practical hands-on skills, knowledge, and abilities, and this takes time to develop. Many individuals in information technology are pursuing the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification on their own, and sometimes give up due to the lack of a supporting infrastructure of peers and mentors.
George launched the 1000Pentesters.Africa programme to fill that gap, empower IT support individuals, and arm their respective organizations in Africa with the skills to ward off malicious cyber-attacks.
While the cybersecurity space needs practical skills, it also needs certified individuals that understand the regulations, governance, and ethics involved. The 1000 Pentesters.Africa programme addresses the skill gap with hands-on training, a support network of mentors and peers, and a formalized certification programme. The 12-month long training programme prepares participants for the prestigious CEH exam and certification. The 1000Penntesters.Africa is built on a Task, Knowledge, and Skill (TKS) framework with our goals and objectives outlined in the programme goals.

Who is George-Paul?

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Penetration Testers for Africa Programme Goals

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1. Address the Shortage of Cybersecurity Professionals in Africa.

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2. Build and Support a Diverse and Skilled Workforce through Learning and Collaboration.

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3. Expand Use of Penetration Testing for Cybersecurity Resilience.

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4. Modernize the Talent Management Process to Address Cybersecurity Skills Gaps.

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5. Drive Research on Effective Practices for Offensive Cybersecurity Workforce Development.



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