State-owned telecommunications and network security provider Kordia said it is launching its annual free Cyber Academy training event, for the second year in a row.
Valued at $3600 according to the Cyber Academy prospectus, Kordia is running the six-week intensive course to address New Zealand's skills crisis in the information security field.
The skills shortage is a worldwide phenomenon, with Kordia citing figures from United States' Cybersecurity Ventures that suggested there were 3.5 million unfilled vacancies for information security professionals globally last year.
Kordia's group chief executive Shaun Rendell said students accepted into the Cyber Academy course will learn best-practive from the company's experts who detect and respond to actual security alerts and events every day.
"Gaining exposure to the operations that keep businesses safe from digital threats is excellent preparation for those looking to enter the workforce,” Rendell said.
Job placements and other opportunities are possible through the Cyber Academy course, Kordia said.
The course is open to anyone, not just younger people and students, but also those looking to change careers, Kordia said.
Kordia will run the free course in Auckland, with applications closing end of business, September 30 this year.