Cyber Excellence Academy launched in collaboration with CSIR 

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Take Note IT, a leading provider of innovative IT solutions, has launched the Cyber Excellence Academy, in collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). 

The academy, which is also supported by the Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICTSETA) aims to revolutionise the cybersecurity landscape by empowering people with advanced skills and knowledge to combat evolving digital threats.

The Cyber Excellence Academy is an intensive training programme designed to equip participants with industry-leading expertise in cybersecurity. 

“By fostering a deep understanding of cybersecurity principles, strategies and best practices, the academy aims to produce a new generation of highly skilled cybersecurity professionals, who can proactively safeguard organisations against ever-evolving cyber threats,” the CSIR said in a statement. 

The collaboration with the esteemed CSIR ensures that the programme aligns with cutting-edge research and development in the field of cybersecurity. 

The CSIR said its extensive experience and expertise in cybersecurity, coupled with Take Note IT’s track record, create a unique and powerful synergy to provide participants with an unparalleled learning experience.

Speaking on the collaboration, CSIR Information and Cybersecurity Manager, Dr Jabu Mtsweni, said this initiative is focusing on the youth, females and the unemployed from the matric level. 

“This we do because we have learned that many of those with matric or higher certificates struggle to either go to varsity or enter the job market, despite the great potential that they have. As such, this programme, in line with the CSIR’s strategic objectives and values, aims to contribute towards skills development and on-the-job training, in collaboration with industry,” he explained. 

Meanwhile, MICTSETA has been identified as a key organisation that is driving skills development and training initiatives in the media, information and communication technology sectors. 

The collaboration ensures that the academy’s programmes adhere to industry standards and address the specific needs of the rapidly evolving cybersecurity industry.

“This academy will play a pivotal role in training the new generation of cyber youth, equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in the digital world,” said the CEO of Take Note IT, Mamela Luthuli. 

“By investing in talent development, the company not only ensures its future growth but also fosters employment prospects for individuals seeking careers in the cybersecurity field.” 

It offers a comprehensive curriculum that covers a wide range of cybersecurity domains, including, but not limited to, network security, ethical hacking, digital forensics, risk management and incident response. 

Participants will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge tools and technologies, and world-class instructors who are industry practitioners with deep expertise in their respective domains. –