Crucial Academy help support the transition to civilian life. In an effort to address the growing skills gap in the cybersecurity industry, a team of former Royal Marines Commandos have launched a business providing free cybersecurity training, accredited qualifications and careers for ex-Service personnel looking for a path back to civilian life while maintaining their roles as security defenders.
Crucial Academy offers accredited training courses covering both offensive and defensive cybersecurity, information assurance and threat intelligence. The courses, developed by former Military personnel, include a module that gives students real-world experience, but unlike graduates of other training providers, Crucial Academy graduates will reportedly begin their new careers free of debt.
Course developers have already made a successful transition to notable cybersecurity companies and financial technology companies, and they bring that wealth of experience to their offerings at Crucial Academy at its state-of-the-art training facility in Brighton. In order to take the courses, candidates must first undergo a rigorous selection process that assures they are the proper match for the pathway.
Crucial Group’s chief executive and former Royal Marine Commando, Neil Williams said: “People who have spent time in the Forces have an incredible work ethic, resilience and a security-driven mindset that makes them well suited to a career in cybersecurity,” adding: “We’re pleased to be able to help give them a pathway into a successful career – and in a sector where they can make such a difference.”
After successful completion of the training, qualified Crucial Academy candidates are introduced to a cybersecurity career with one of the academy’s commercial partners. The Academy has had several successful graduates that have begun their careers at top employers including: Grant Thornton, KPMG and QinetiQ. According to a 2016 skills gap analysis from ISACA, there will be an estimated global shortage of two million cyber-security professionals by 2019.
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