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Students graduate with skills to be IT security experts

7th December 2015

TWELVE students of the WhiteHat Security IT Training Academy have received their graduation certificates from the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL).

The five week IT Academy, delivered through DEL’s Assured Skills initiative, trained the students in specialist IT skills identified by WhiteHat Security for specialist Dynamic Application Security Assessment (DAST) roles within the company.

The IT Academy was designed by the Department for Employment and Learning, WhiteHat Security and Belfast Metropolitan College. Johnathan Kuskos, manager for the Belfast Threat Research Centre, said: “The course facilitates the need for trained up and coming security experts with that hunger for security knowledge.

This academy represents a tailored approach to teaching that supplements WhiteHat’s existing rigorous training regimen. The Threat Research Centre eagerly looks forward to hosting several more academies in the future.”

Damian Duffy, Director of Development and Learner services, said: “Computer security is becoming even more prevalent in our smart technology dependent environment. Therefore we responded to the demand of this niche and highly sought after industry by delivering new skills.”

Speaking prior to the event, Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry said: “I first met WhiteHat Security last October in San Francisco to discuss our skills offer, which followed with an announcement that they were bringing 80 jobs to Belfast in December, and we have now delivered our second cohort of graduates with the skills required by the company.”

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