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U.S. company and Costa Rica University host cybersecurity bootcamp

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Published on Monday, September 11, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Florida, U.S.A-based ThriveDX, a cybersecurity training firm, announced its newest partnership with the University of Costa Rica to offer the Cybersecurity Impact Bootcamp.

"The cybersecurity workforce shortage is not just a national threat, but a growing global threat that no industry or country is safe from," said Dan Vigdor, Founder, Co-CEO and Executive Chairman of ThriveDX. "We're proud to expand our Impact Bootcamp to Central America to create a sustainable talent pipeline of cyber professionals globally and continue our mission of bridging the skills gap and impacting the massive talent shortage in cybersecurity."

The 400-hour training program, hosted by the University of Costa Rica and powered by ThriveDX, will equip program participants with the fundamental skills and real-world experience to pursue a career in cybersecurity in less than a year.

This partnership was cultivated in response to the need for cyber professionals in the country, following a major Conti ransomware attack last year that crippled more than 27 of Costa Rica's government bodies and disrupted vital economic functions including tax payments, international trade and medical appointments for weeks, costing them millions. 

Cybersecurity Ventures reports that global costs associated with cybercrime like the Conti attack are expected to grow by 15 percent per year over the next five years, reaching $10.5 trillion annually by 2025.

Offered by the University of Costa Rica, the Cybersecurity Impact Bootcamp will prepare Costa Rica residents for entry-level roles in cybersecurity to prevent and respond to future threats to sensitive data and information.

The cybersecurity training bootcamp is a non-credit certificate program designed to meet the growing demand for cybersecurity professionals in the Costa Rica region. 

This partnership will provide learners access to accelerated learning opportunities for those looking to transition into the cybersecurity and digital skills workforce.

Through the accelerated cybersecurity training program, learners will gain practical and theoretical knowledge delivered through demos, real-world examples, videos, infographics, quizzes, and games; technical skills, frameworks, and tools taught through hands-on exercises in a virtual, instructor-led environment; and essential soft-skills training from teamwork to interview prep embedded throughout the program

The first Cybersecurity Impact Bootcamp offered by the University of Costa Rica is set to launch on Oct. 3. Those interested in participating in the bootcamp should visit the University website. 

To assist Costa Rica in improving its cybersecurity, the United States recently announced a $9.8 million donation through the Foreign Military Financing Program (FMF) to be used to bolster Costa Rica's cyber defense capabilities.

How can Costa Rica improve cybersecurity? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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