New Jordanian Cyber Academy

David Oliver

The King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) announced at SOFEX that it had entered a partnership with the UK company PGI to establish the KADDB Cyber Security Academy (KCSA), as part of the Al Hussein Technical University to provide theoretical and practical training in line with the international standards including real-life scenarios to encourage students to deal with large scale online attack.

Established in 1991, Premiere Global Services, Inc. (PGI) is a multinational corporation and global provider of conferencing and collaboration solutions. It is now the world’s largest dedicated provider of collaboration software and services with an award-winning, broad portfolio of products has served the end-to-end collaboration needs of approximately 50,000 customers around the world.

The KCSA courses will be specially developed by KADDB and PGI for the region building on PGI’s UK government-certified cyber academy courses and will be taught by certified KADDB and PGI trainers on a custom designed cyber rig at the Al Hussein Technical University’s state-of- the-art laboratories.

At the announcement KADDB CEO Support, Brig Gen Engineer Mohammad Arajneh said, “Protecting critical national information infrastructure and assets requires governments and businesses to have strong in-depth cyber security defences, quick response capability, proper policies and procedures. We can now develop Jordan’s workforce and lead the region in providing highly skilled workers and the best technical training.”

Sebastian Madden, PGI’s chief corporate development officer, added: “According to a recent survey, companies in the Middle East are targeted by cyber attacks more often than anywhere else in the world, risking the $820 billion that adopting digital technology has been predicted to add to gross domestic product in the region. With the specialist training from KCSA, the many talented and hardworking individuals graduating from universities will become cyber professionals, protect Jordanian and neighbouring digital economies and help fill some of those badly needed global job vacancies.”