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Cisco is to spend $10m on infosec scholarships to 'widen talent pool'

10,000 places for front-line folk of the future

Cisco is setting up a $10m scholarship fund to train the next generation of IT security staff.

The Global Cybersecurity Scholarship Program will run for two years and will pay for 10,000 applicants to be trained in the art of cyber security.

It includes a mentoring program to provide specialist knowledge. The basic coursework modules will take 85 hours and there will be three assessment tests.

"The whole purpose is to increase the talent pool in the industry," Tejas Vashi, senior director of product strategy at Cisco, told The Reg. "The problem is that the industry and threat landscape is evolving so quickly that even people who came in two years ago need to be reskilling and updating their skills."

Cisco has also added a new type of certification to its training schedule, the CCNA Cyber Ops Certification. This covers how to monitor secure systems, detect attacks, collect breach evidence, and coordinate a response. ®

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