Google launches new Cyber Security Professional Certificate in Ukraine, continuing initiatives to protect people, businesses and governments
Cybersecurity issues have become more and more relevant in recent years. Globally, the number of cyberattacks has increased by almost 40% in 2022, and these trends are expected to continue to grow in the coming years. In the year since the outbreak of a full-scale war in Ukraine, the number of phishing attacks against users in Ukraine by Russia has more than tripled, and against users in NATO countries – by four times. That is why an important part of our response to these growing threats is to increase the level of cybersecurity among the population and businesses both in Ukraine and in Europe as a whole.
In 2022, the European Union was short of up to 500,000 cybersecurity professionals, according to the EU. By own research Google, published earlier this year, 46% of small and medium enterprises reported that they were unable to hire cybersecurity specialists due to a lack of qualified specialists, high costs of hiring them, or insufficient attractiveness for cybersecurity experts. And the pressure is mounting as 43% of these SMBs reported being the victims of cyberattacks in the last 24 months.
Developing cybersecurity through skills development
We are pleased to announce that, as part of our shared commitment in Cybersecurity Development, Google today announces the launch of the new Google Cybersecurity Professional Certification in Ukraine.
Developed by Google experts with decades of experience, the online training program will help prepare students with no relevant experience for an entry-level job in the field of cybersecurity in less than six months. This creates more opportunities for people and contributes to filling the growing number of cybersecurity jobs.
During the course, students will be able to acquire basic cybersecurity skills, such as how to identify common risks, threats, and vulnerabilities, as well as methods to help mitigate them. Professional certificates from Google in cybersecurity are available for Ukrainians on Coursera in English, so a basic knowledge of the language will help in learning.
To help people take these courses, Google.org provides up to 5,000 scholarships vulnerable categories of Ukrainians through a grant from INCO, a platform that supports NGOs across Europe. These scholarships cover access to and full support for learning from Google on Coursera .
Also, as part of the company’s Internet security initiatives, a special training “Improve the online security of your business” was developed.to help small and medium business owners improve their cybersecurity skills. It is already available in 19 languages, including Ukrainian.
These initiatives in Ukraine were launched with the support of the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, the national projects Diya.Business and Diya.Osvita, and the CyberDiya platform. They are part of a broader program “New Digital Opportunities with Google “A series of affordable online trainings for businesses and individuals that can be completed at a comfortable, individual pace and are designed to help people prepare for jobs in industries with high growth potential, such as data analytics, digital marketing, e-commerce, and the like..
Google is working closely with governments, industry experts, and local organizations to understand where the needs are greatest and tailor our training to meet those needs. As digital business grows, the nature of the support and skills provided will inevitably evolve to reflect the growing cybersecurity challenges and the need to build cyber resilience to create a safer world for all.