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Latin hacker school will train more than 100 young people to stop cyberattacks

Key facts:
  • Technology students, between the ages of 18 and 22, can apply to the training program.

  • Mentors will help young people to apply for a fixed position as ethical hackers.

The Chilean cybersecurity company Hackmetrix reported that it is creating its own academy of white hat or ethical hackers, with the idea of training the experts who will protect the startups of Latin America in the coming years.

In a press release received through the CriptoNeticias email, Hackmetrix points out that it is urgent to have cybersecurity experts. It is because more than 80% of companies in the region need to have a hacker be able to understand the behavior patterns of cybercriminals, either to give quick responses to their attacks, or to prevent them.

The cybersecurity company assures that it is taking firm steps to consolidate itself in Latin America, so it is looking to expand throughout the continent. It already operates in Chile, Colombia, Argentina and plans to strengthen its presence in Mexico.

The Mexican territory appears as a key factor to realize the plans of Hackmetrix, taking into account that it is listed as the second country with the highest number of cyberattacks after Brazil.

And, if that were not enough, it is planned that cybersecurity incidents increase this year in Mexico, by more than 50%, according to data from the I study Digital Trust Insights 2022 from the firm PWC.

Caption: Executives expect cyber attacks to increase in 2022, including incidents related to cryptocurrency mining and ransomware. Source: Global Trust Insights 2022 report.

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Executives expect cyber attacks to increase in 2022, including incidents related to cryptocurrency mining and ransomware. Source: Global Trust Insights 2022 report.

The C-Suite guide to simplifying cyber readiness, today and tomorrow: PwC.

In fact, the whole world expects a significant increase in computer attacks this year, including to incidents related to cryptocurrency mining and ransomware or the hijacking of data in exchange for bitcoin (BTC), as the Global Trust Insights 2022 report shows.

Advocates for Latino computer systems sought

These numbers are not encouraging for the whole world and for Mexico in particular, also show another perspective, such as that the planet it is in need of at least 3 million professionals specializing in cybersecurity.

“To meet this demand, we have decided to launch our own remote hacker academy. And for this, we are looking for technology students, those creative, curious and persistent who do not let anything stop them,” says Alejandro Parodi, co-founder and CTO of Hackmetrix.

So young technology students, aged between 18 and 22 who are residing in Latin America, they will be able to enroll in the training program and attend in virtual mode during the 9 months that the specialization lasts.

Hackmetrix assures that the program “is based on the same system with the one where the US government trains its professionals in cybersecurity”. However, in its 3 blocks it includes training sessions to “guarantee the best learning of the future of security in Latin America”, as the company adds.

Some of these sessions are: leveling knowledge and theory to get started as an ethical hacker, testing the talent and ability to solve the puzzles that the hacking world can offer, and understanding offensive security from the forefront.

At the end of the program the students will have the opportunity to apply for a fixed position as an ethical or white hat hacker. “And he will do it together with his mentors from the Hackmetrix program,” says the cybersecurity startup.

The cybersecurity startup did not inform when its training program for young Latinos begins, nor does it inform if registration is free or what are the requirements and channels to apply for the course. For that reason CriptoNoticias sent a request for comment that Hackmetrix had not responded to at the time of publication of this note.

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