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CyberWarrior Academy Launches To Serve Youths And Minorities In The U.S.

Online courseware features live cybersecurity instructors

Steve Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

Sausalito, Calif. – Jun. 10, 2020

Reinier Moquete personifies his newest venture which is focused on creating cybersecurity opportunities for youths and minorities.

For years, Moquete has devoted his time to helping those who need it the most — non-profits focused on diversity initiatives, high-school STEM educators, community colleges, public and private industry councils, and his home state of Massachusetts.

CyberWarrior Academy delivers hands-on, intensive, and lab-driven technical training in cybersecurity methods and procedures as well as professional and career navigation assistance.

Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021, up from 1 million positions in 2014. This creates unprecedented career opportunities for youths and minorities. Moquete has been spreading the word, and now he’s providing an onboarding platform.

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Creating cybersecurity opportunities for youths and minorities

The CyberWarrior Academy courseware is 100 percent online with live instructors, which distinguishes it from scores of training platforms that lack a human and interactive touch. The instructors are all seasoned practitioners in penetration testing, incident response, and other cyber defense disciplines.

Students enrolled in the academy can get on track to earn hot industry certifications such as the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) credential. “Cloud security is where it’s at,” says Moquete, referring to high demand skills in our industry.

Information security analyst is a popular entry-level role, and Moquete informs there are 160,000 openings today — and it’s the best position to enter the field and gain broad experience.

CyberWarrior Academy doesn’t stop at technical training. They’re equipping our next generation of cyberfighters with much needed soft skills. Young people will especially benefit from communications and interviewing skills to help tell their story to prospective employers.

Are we leaving kids behind when it comes to cybersecurity? Moquete confirms that sadly, we are, and especially those in underserved communities. But it doesn’t have to stay this way.

The sum of your ambition is defined by what surrounds you,” says Moquete. Mentorship, guidance, and people that can give young people answers — for instance — how to get into cybersecurity, is what’s really needed. If CyberWarrior Academy can deliver on this, in addition to its technical training, then they’ll be a bridge from communities that have historically been left behind.

Moquete and his team have extensive real-world experience in youth development. That just may be the missing ingredient in the cybersecurity industry.

Steve Morgan is founder and Editor-in-Chief at Cybersecurity Ventures.

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