The First and Second Cohort of Cybersecurity Experts Graduate from the Cyber Shujaa Program

Wednesday, July 27, 2022, Nairobi, Kenya – The first and second cohort of 170 trainees has graduated from the Cyber Shujaa program run by the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in partnership with Kenya Bankers Association and Serianu Limited. The program is funded by the Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE).

The program seeks to address existing gaps within the ICT and Cybersecurity sector in Africa by continuously analyzing the market and industry for ICT talent needs, designing practical curriculums for these needs, conducting vigorous training for the participants, and providing market placement and mentorship of these youth.

The program offers Data Protection training, which had a total of 90 graduates selected from 47 banks in Kenya drawn from the fields of Risk, IT, Security, and Compliance or Legal. The Cybersecurity Analyst Training had 80 trainees, with 10 already placed with different organizations.

Speaking during the graduation ceremony, USIU-Africa Interim Vice Chancellor Prof. Freida Brown said that the graduates from the Cyber Shujaa Program will assist their organizations to become more compliant with Data Protection and Cyber Security.

“Today, we are able to see the impact of this program since its launch. The trainees you see here today have gained practical skills in Compliance with Data Protection Regulations including Data Inventory, Impact Assessment, Policy documentation, Incident Handling and Data Privacy Governance. In addition, 40% of them have been able to take their organizations through the registration process for the Data Protection Act,” she said.

Speaking during the graduation held at USIU-Africa, Central Bank of Kenya Deputy Governor Ms. Sheila M’Mbijiwe noted that the training was a major contribution to creating a safer and secure cyberspace that underpins the Kenyan financial sector.

“Today’s graduation is a confirmation that Kenya is making important strides in protectcing our peoples’ data in all sectors of the economy. We will all leverage technology to ensure that our organizations implement IT security systems and awareness training programs,” she added.

“What really motivated us to partner with USIU-Africa is their commitment to provide their students with the skills that are in high demand right now and a willingness to be innovative in their curriculum delivery to meet the needs of the modern workforce. Professionals are no longer receiving adequate cybersecurity training on the job, and many firms are already having trouble filling cybersecurity positions. Additional on-the-job training, new certifications, and accessible cybersecurity and data privacy courses are needed to fill the gaps. A multi-agency approach is key to bridging the gaps,” said William Makatiani, the Chief Executive Officer, Serianu.


About USIU-Africa
USIU–Africa is one of the leading private Universities in Kenya, representing over 70 nationalities undertaking 35 Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctoral programs. It is the only University in the region with dual accreditation in Kenya by the Commission for University Education (CUE) and the United States of America (USA) by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

About Kenya Bankers Association
Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) is the financial sector's leading advocacy group and the umbrella body of the institutions licensed and regulated by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) with a current membership of 47 financial institutions. KBA continues to reinforce a reputable and professional banking sector in a bid to best support Kenyans, who entrust their ambitions and hard-earned resources with its member banks.

About Serianu
Serianu is Africa’s foremost cyber security consulting and training firm. Founded 10 years ago in Kenya, the firm today operates across East, South and West Africa, working with clients to use their information assets to save money, reduce risk and to discover and realize new opportunities for their business through deeper insights of customers, markets and performance.

Media Contacts
United States International University-Africa
Paula Musuva, Lecturer, Forensic Information Technology
Phone: +254 730 116 152

Kenya Bankers Association
Dr. Habil Olaka, CEO
Phone: +254-20-222 1704 /222 4014 /222 4015 /221 7757

Serianu Limited
Brencil Kaimba
Phone: +254 716 137 017

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