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InfoWatch Group has launched an education center “InfoWatch Academy” in the field of Information Security in the Middle East

InfoWatch Group, Russian integrated solutions developer for information security of organizations, informs of its launching an international education center “InfoWatch Academy” in the UAE. The center will be operated by the company InfoWatch Gulf, the official representative of the Group in the Middle East that received its license for providing education services on information security in the UAE (License № DMCC-577792 issued by the Government of Dubai). InfoWatch Academy will offer its Middle Eastern customers short-term and medium-term information security training programs and courses as well as specialized trainings on building Information Security systems in organizations using DLP (Data Leak Prevention) class solutions.

The project is aimed at increasing the level of digital competence in the field of information security of specialists and managers at state and commercial organizations of the UAE as well as at educating schoolchildren and students in the region, providing trainings on the basics of cyber literacy. At the moment business terms and conditions are being discussed with the first customers, where Ajman Digital Government Department is one of them.

The topic of education, especially in the field of information security, is in great demand in the region,” was noted by Kristina Tantsyura, head of InfoWatch Gulf. – “Russian school of Engineering is one of the best in the world. Our task is to export not only our technologies, but also our expertise therefore we are launching an education project in the UAE. The development of InfoWatch Academy will be carried out in partnership with leading Russian and foreign education institutions and high-tech companies. In the future we intend to spread our courses to other countries in the region”.

At present apart from short-term and medium-term education programs, InfoWatch Academy also offers to its customers specialized workshops on information security for public sector officials and top management of private companies. Short-term courses – «Corporate protection from internal threats», «Public key infrastructure as a basis for e-government» – consist of 8-24 academic hours. Medium-term courses – «Incident response and computer crimes investigation», «Cyber security of the crypto industry and blockchain» and a course for children «Digital hygiene & the professions of the future» – consist of 40 to 56 academic hours.

The team of the Academy is working on expanding the range of education products. New programs, including courses on digital hygiene, critical information infrastructure protection, as well as courses on ethical hacking, testing against unauthorized access and reverse engineering will be launched in 2019.

The department of training and education was launched at InfoWatch 11 years ago. It was aimed at training customers to work with the company’s products and laid the foundation of an educational direction,” was noted by Andrei Zarubin, head of the training department at InfoWatch. – “With each passing year we have expanded and developed this area of our activity. By 2011 we had started to conduct advanced training courses on protection against internal threats of information security and a few years later we launched a full-fledged academic program for training information security professionals in universities. As of today, there are more than 3,500 students and specialists – graduates from InfoWatch education programs, InfoWatch training department has developed new courses and a wide partnership network in the field of education, and we are ready to offer our foreign partners all of our accumulated experience and our technologies that take into account the morphology and features of over 30 languages”.

It should be noted that plans to create InfoWatch international training center for digital technologies and cybersecurity in the Middle East have been announced in 2018.Within the framework of their meeting, Natalya Kaspersky , head of InfoWatch Group , and Ohoud Ali Shehail, General Director of Ajman Digital Government Department, agreed to launch a pilot project to train the staff of Ajman Digital Government Department through InfoWatch training programs.

Background

InfoWatch Group is an integrated solutions developer for ensuring information security of organizations. InfoWatch company was founded by Natalya Kaspersky in 2003 and is a fully independent organization, uniting such brands as InfoWatch, Attack Killer, Cezurity, Kribrum and Taiga. The product portfolio of InfoWatch Group contains effective solutions for protecting enterprises from the most pressing internal and external threats.

The Group has been doing business globally since 2011. InfoWatch products are represented in Western Europe, the Middle East, India and countries of Southeast Asia. The group of companies has an extensive network of partners. There are 15 offices of InfoWatch Group around the world, including two overseas offices - InfoWatch Gulf in Dubai, the UAE, and InfoWatch SDN BHD in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Currently, its customers includeCentral Bank of Bahrain, Prime Minister’s Court of Bahrain, First Energy Bank B.S.C. (Bahrain), Venture Capital Bank (Bahrain), Kuwait Finance House, Petrochem (UAE), Gateway Rail (India), Bank Persatuan (Malaysia), KSB Group (Indonesia), Ministry of Education of Greece and others.

InfoWatch Gulf is an overseas representative of InfoWatch Group which aims to promote the companies’ solutions at the markets of the Middle East. InfoWatch Traffic Monitor with InfoWatch Vision module has become the flagship product for the Middle East market.

The development of education projects in the field of information security is one of the keyfocus of InfoWatch Group. The company cooperates with 65 educational institutions in 35 cities of Russia, including HSE Tikhonov Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Southern Federal University, Far Eastern Federal University and others. The company provides its educational institutions-partners with educational and methodological programs based on 15 years of expertise in the field of companies’ information security protection against internal and external threats, thus supporting the convergence of professional training programs for students with market demands. InfoWatch became the first Russian vendor in the field of information security and joined the Russian movement WorldSkills.