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Aberdeen Tech Firm Backs Budding Cybersecurity Talent

Dominique Adams

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Jai Aenugu CEO of The TechForce

The TechForce has announced it will support five young people to develop careers in cybersecurity. 

Aberdeen-based cybersecurity firm, The TechForce, has selected five young people to help achieve their CompTIA Security+ qualifications, a key requirement for anyone looking to become a cybersecurity professional.

The company has also partnered with Robert Gordon University (RGU) and Elevator. The partnership will see the firm sponsor a series of regular, on-campus discussions exploring key security issues with cyber experts.

To be eligible for the The TechForce’s support, applicants had to be a Scottish resident with no prior cybersecurity qualifications or a related degree. Applicants were tasked with submitting a one-minute long video via YouTube explaining why they would benefit from the qualification.

Fiona Davidson and Navya Iyengar, were chosen as the two leading entries and will benefit from full funding towards the cost of their exam, on receipt of proof of their qualification, up until the end of March 2020.

Meanwhile the other three finalists – Beata Tetkowska, Kiersten Robinson and Niven Tanzer – will each receive a 50% contribution.

The first of the sponsored events was held earlier this month in the Sir Ian Wood Building with speakers from Cap Gemini and Petrofac.

Jai Aenugu, managing director at The TechForce, said: “We’re pleased to have been able to create this pathway and help people kick-start their career in cyber security, which will hopefully give them a head-start in what is fast becoming a very competitive industry.

“We were hugely impressed by the standard of entries, including ones from people of all ages and backgrounds, but the judges were unanimous that both Fiona and Navya’s efforts stood out and deserved special recognition.”

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Dr Hatem Ahriz, postgraduate course leader, MSc Cyber Security at RGU, said: “Since its launch in September 2018, the Aberdeen Cyber Security meetup found a great supporter in Jai and the team at The TechForce.

“Jai is a great believer in the role that industry can play in supporting academia to nurture future talent. As such, he has kindly agreed to sponsor meet-up events and help provide a forum for the cyber security community in the north-east of Scotland.”

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