First SANS Cyber Academy graduates prepare to enter the workforce

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The first 30 students of the UK Cyber Academy – SANS’ unique eight-week, residential cyber security training programme – will be attending an employer recruitment fair on October 15th to allow prospective employers to meet the Academy students ahead of final graduation at the end of October.

The students have all passed their GSEC examination – the first of three GIAC Certifications included in Cyber Academy with the class achieving an average score of 91.2 percent, providing evidence of the excellent start they have made to their training.

“The recruitment fair is the ideal opportunity for prospective employers to meet students and see their work. During the day there will be an introduction from Academy Instructor, James Lyne, student presentations and a networking lunch,” explains Stephen Jones, UK Managing Director for SANS, “The fair is free to attend for employers and each will receive an Employer Pack in advance containing profiles of all the Cyber Academy students. In addition we will give potential employers a summary of each Cyber Academy student’s initial aptitude assessment as well as access to an online portal that tracks the progress of each student.”

Around 25,000 people took SANS’ online Cyber Aptitude and Skills Assessment earlier this year. From that initial number, 250 noteworthy candidates were selected and invited to formally apply for a place at Cyber Academy. The application process concluded with a round of face-to-face interviews with senior SANS staff and SANS Instructors leading to formal offers of a place at Cyber Academy being made to the 30 top candidates.

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