Scholarships for aspiring Indigenous cyber leaders


Wednesday, 23 August, 2023

Scholarships for aspiring Indigenous cyber leaders

Cyber Leadership Institute (CLI) has announced a strategic partnership with MyCISO that will train and equip cyber leaders globally with the skills and platform needed to develop and run effective security uplift strategies. Fundamental to the partnership is to fund scholarships to provide First Nations People around the globe with training to progress to senior leadership roles within the cybersecurity sector.

The scholarship is mutually funded by MyCISO and CLI, and applications are now open.

“MyCISO is excited to be partnering with CLI as the organisation recognises the need to develop the next generation of cyber leaders, particularly amongst First Nations people, who are historically under-represented in this sector,” said Dane Meah, CEO and co-founder, MyCISO.

“Cyber leaders are under increasing pressure to create and execute effective strategies to keep their organisations safe. The MyCISO platform, combined with the skills acquired in the CLI Cyber Leadership program, provides enormous efficiencies and know-how to create and execute an effective cyber program.”

Phil Zongo, chief executive officer and co-founder, CLI, said the intensive program will project participants into leadership roles.

“Our partnership with MyCISO will help accelerate First Nations’ cybersecurity professionals into leadership positions. The CLI Cyber Leadership program is an intensive course that aims to elevate participants’ strategy execution, executive communication and influencing skills, boosting their credibility with executives and boards,” Zongo said.

The First Nations People Workforce Analysis recently found First Nations people were particularly under-represented in the information technology field of education and that less than a quarter (21%) of First Nations people went on to work in an occupation relevant to their study in information technology after completing a qualification.

“Our partnership with MyCISO is underpinned by a shared vision to boost the productivity of CISOs and their teams. That way, we can create positive and enduring change — fostering a resilient digital ecosystem for the next generation,” Zongo said.

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