Motivation for the Program
@iLabAfrica connects academia and industry. Interacting with industry helps us understand real-world skill demands. Academic changes are gradual, not dynamic like industry requirements. Academia adopts a testable, manageable standard, which is important for knowledge seekers..
The program recognizes cybersecurity's importance. Technology shapes business and our futures. Different technologies are becoming crucial to our daily operations. Cybersecurity ensures the reliability of these technologies (and other critical infrastructures) from threat actors.
A Cybersecurity Workforce Study (ISC2) found that Women make up 24% of the cyberwarfare workforce, with even fewer in managerial or senior roles. . This program is designed to shift mentalities and tackle systemic barriers that prevent broader inclusion in cybersecurity, encourage women to take on leadership roles, and promote knowledge sharing of best practices.