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Applications for the latest Women in Cybersecurity Academy are open

Smarttech247 offers 60 places for its free intensive course


the Minister for Public Procurement, e-Government and the Circular Economy, Ossian Smyth; Raluca Saceanu, Smarttech247; and Cllr Colette Finn, Cork City Council

Smarttech247 has opened applications for the next promotion of its Women in Cybersecurity Academy. The Irish firm is offering sixty places for a free crash course that builds skills for a future in cybertech and security.

This is the second time the leading managed security service provider has hosted the course, as it plays its part in addressing the challenge of diversity and skills in the cyber industry.

The program was developed by experts from Smarttech247 to cover the knowledge and skills needed to deal with the ever-growing range of cyberattacks that threaten individuals and organizations around the world. After the end of semester assessment is completed, a number of high performing students will be offered placements at one of Smarttech247’s bases in Ireland or overseas. The organizers are particularly keen to publicize the program to the growing Ukrainian community in Ireland.


During a six-week session using remote and on-site learning, students of the Smarttech247 Women in Cybersecurity Academy will:

  • Access to expert-level knowledge
  • In-depth industry experience
  • Experience in using the latest sophisticated technologies
  • The chance to work alongside some of the best analysts, pentesters and threat hunters in the industry

Smarttech247 seeks applications from women who have or are on track to obtain at least an undergraduate degree in computer science. The company is keen to tap into as broad a talent pool as possible, including women looking to re-enter the workforce and those already working in cybersecurity who want to hone their skills. Assessment will be based on a range of assignments and projects

“We know from our business that Ukraine has built a very high level of expertise among its technology workforce, and the value of the country’s IT exports was over $5 billion in 2020,” said the managing director of Smarttech247, Raluca Saceanu. “As Ireland welcomes thousands of people from Ukraine to live in this country, we believe that many of them could be fantastic candidates for the Academy and for the wider cybersecurity scene in Ireland. We want to let people know that we have real opportunities for the right people”.

Raluca says some alumni of the academy have secured jobs at leading technology and consulting companies, including Smarttech247: “There are thousands of openings in cybersecurity companies around the world at any time. moment, and yet research in Ireland last year showed 27% of companies struggled to retain women on their cybersecurity team. Programs such as our Women in Cybersecurity Academy are essential to help bridge the gender divide in the industry and secure its future talent pool.

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