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Raytheon Aims to Build Cyber-Capable Workforce

The Raytheon Cyber Academy combines real-world instruction with cloud-based resources.
By Deepa Narwani
Cyber threats are surely and steadily becoming an epidemic and data, especially in the aerospace ecosystem, is not safe anymore. Organisations can therefore not afford to overlook the significance of training employees of the threats and best practises to encounter these. This is where the Raytheon Cyber Academy programme provides a key solution. The company partners with universities and organisations across the region to offer Cyber Academy training in an environment that simulates the real threats operators will face, and provides cyber training expertise to those looking to improve operational cyber protection capability.
In an interview with Nation Shield, Ryan Bagby, Program Manager, Cybersecurity, Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, said: “Our Cyber Academy is a subscription-based service for operational cyber skills. We offer it to government agencies, large corporations, and the intent is to be able to build mission-ready operators. We want the graduates of our academy to be ready to do the job. This allows our customers to quickly develop a cyber-capable work-force. The programme is cloud-delivered, so we can be up and operating in a matter of weeks. Our model is that our labs and classes are delivered through the cloud, and we send cyber operators or trainers to the organisation’s location to provide the latest and most current training in person. We also customise the programme according to an organisation’s needs.”
He highlighted that operational readiness is the core of the programme’s curriculum. A student would normally undertake a 14-week training and would go through the entire course starting from the basics to an operational role that includes concentrated cyber training.
Bagby explains: “We start at a foundational level and can take students who are right out of high school and may not have any cyber experience. That includes an introduction to cyber training, all the way up to specific tracks such as foren-sics, malware analysis, penetration testing, and security operation centre analysts. We also have executive awareness and leadership courses. Furthermore, 60 per cent of our curriculum includes hands-on lab and practical exercises. This gives students the chance to try and fail, that’s how they will actually learn!” 
To pass the course, a student has to go through a written assessment and participate in the Capstone lab exercises where they would have to demonstrate the skills they have learnt at the end of the course. 
He concludes: “We are very focused on MENA and see this as a great opportunity for the region. Today, everything is connected. People may not necessarily be aware that they need cyber-training. But when you have interconnected systems, good cyber hygiene and cyber training are critical to that.”

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