SANS Institute and Tamkeen to bring second round of Cyber Reskilling Program to Bahrain


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Cybersecurity training and certification provider, SANS Institute – in partnership with The Labour Fund (Tamkeen) – has recently launched the second phase of the Cyber Reskilling Program in Bahrain.

After much success during the first phase in 2022, in 2023, SANS and Tamkeen are continuing their strategic partnership to deliver two programs that will allow 60 students to gain GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) and GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) certifications within the training period.

In addition, SANS will continue to offer participants a supported pathway to enter the cybersecurity workforce; this initiative is aligned with Tamkeen’s strategic direction and is a response to Bahraini market demands in the technology sector that require high quality and specialised tech training opportunities.

Ned Baltagi, Managing Director, Middle East and Africa at SANS Institute commented: “The success of the program speaks for itself. With 40% of students scoring over 90% in their GSEC and GCIH exams and 82% and 86% passing their respective exams on the first attempt, it’s clear that this training is providing students with the necessary tools to achieve their cybersecurity goals,”

Mr. Ali Hasan, Executive Director of Programs and Partnership Development, The Labour Fund (Tamkeen), added: “We are proud of the first group of Bahraini students that participated in the Cyber Reskilling Program run by SANS Institute.

“Their knowledge, dedication and exemplary commitment contributed to the success of this initiative and showcased the potential of Bahraini talent in this niche field. Tamkeen will continue to identify and support initiatives that empower Bahrainis and enhance their competitiveness both locally and internationally.”

With 3.5 million unfilled positions worldwide, there is a critical shortage of qualified cybersecurity workers right now. In Bahrain, cybersecurity is a high demand employment option in financial services, information technology and manufacturing.

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