Calling all cybersecurity superheros!

You’re invited to the cybersecurity Mentorship Programme 2024 Cohort – an opportunity for mentorship in cybersecurity offering collaboration and a hands-on experience, guided by experienced professionals in the industry.

Learn | Connect | Grow

What to look forward to:

Take part in a 5-month mentorship in cybersecurity programme, tailored for graduates, undergraduates, and cybersecurity enthusiasts, no matter your geographical location. Our mentors, who are seasoned professionals in the field, are here to guide you in planning your future and setting professional goals. With no specific experience or background required, this is your chance to become part of a collaborative culture, committed to nurturing cybersecurity talent in the fight against cybercrime. Find out here if you are eligible for our Mentoring Scholarship Programme.

Assess the depths of your career experience, aligning it with the program that perfectly fits your personal career goals.

Conquer your exams and walk away with official, recognised security certifications – a testament of your dedication to your career.

Step 1

Discovery

Step 2

Learn and Grow

Step 3

Get Certified

Step 4

Connect

Immerse yourself in hands-on and practical cybersecurity experiences, and earn industry-recognised certifications that propel your career forward.

Let us guide you in connecting with the right role and the perfect employer to help advance your career.

Assess the depths of your career experience, aligning it with the program that perfectly fits your personal career goals.

Step 1

Discovery

Step 2

Learn and Grow

Immerse yourself in hands-on and practical cybersecurity experiences, and earn industry-recognised certifications that propel your career forward.

Conquer your exams and walk away with official, recognised security certifications – a testament of your dedication to your career.

Step 3

Get Certified

Step 4

Connect

Let us guide you in connecting with the right role and the perfect employer to help advance your career.

Programme FAQ

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Is the programme in-person or fully online?

The programme is fully online. This allows participants worldwide to join the sessions, interact with mentors and peers, and complete all activities remotely.

The programme is open to individuals of any nationality. Our goal is to bring together mentees who are passionate about cybersecurity, irrespective of their location.

Yes, whilst we do not guarantee employment, we have a network of industry contacts within the cybersecurity field that we can leverage to assist our Mentees in finding the right role for them, as well as a Job Board on our website (coming soon) where organisations can advertise available positions.

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Absolutely! All our cohort programmes are open to cybersecurity graduates or undergraduate students, as well as those looking to kick-start or advance their career in cyber. You’ll enjoy recognised security accreditation inclusive of exams, hands-on training, activities, and even resume review sessions. Keep in mind that because it’s a training course, there are applicable fees – but trust us, the investment is well worth it!

Yes, you can participate alongside your employment, the time commitment needed is around 3 hours per week.

Timeline & Key Milestones:
–  Month 1: Selection, orientation and foundational training
–  Month 2-4: Training, mentoring and exam certification preparation
–  Month 5: Certification exams, graduation, Mentee & Mentor of The Year Awards.

Yes, one candidate per year will be selected to receive the Lateral Connect Cybersecurity Scholarship, worth £7,000. Applications are open to candidates worldwide and selection will be based on academic achievement or other criteria that may include financial need for the purpose of schooling. Further information can be found here.

Participants in the programme will prepare for and have the opportunity to obtain ISC2 Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) and CompTIA Security+ certifications, which are recognised globally and can significantly enhance a cybersecurity professional’s credentials and value in the job market.

Apart from the official certifications and technical skills, we also aim to equip participants with a range of soft skills that are essential for success in a professional environment, such as communication, interview skills, and personal branding, etc. Skills like these create a well-rounded professional and can give you the edge in recruitment processes for competitive roles, as well as help you to navigate advancements in your career effectively.

At the moment the programme is only available in English.

In this programme, we employ a group mentorship approach where mentees work together in small groups up to 5 mentees under the guidance of a mentor. This structure fosters collaborative learning and accountability, as participants share strategies, learn from one another, and tackle challenges collectively. Peer teaching and problem-solving in a supportive environment helps mentees stay on track with their goals while benefiting from personalised guidance. This approach allows mentors to effectively support more mentees while maintaining high-quality engagement through interactive discussions, hands-on activities, and practical applications.

Selection Criteria:
– Professional Credentials: Must hold at least one recognised certification in cybersecurity (e.g., CISSP, CISM, ISO27001, CompTIA Security+).
– Experience: A minimum of five years in the cybersecurity industry with a solid track record of professional achievements and contributions.
– Volunteerism: A history of mentoring, teaching, or volunteer work, indicating a genuine interest in giving back to the community.
– Communication Skills: Goodverbal and written communication skills, crucial for mentoring and teaching.
– Interview: An interview to understand their motivation for joining the program as pro bono mentors and their approach to mentorship.

You bet! Mentors receive a toolkit of resources and discussion points to facilitate smooth cohort guidance. Plus, monthly meetings come prepared with agendas, ensuring mentors can focus on providing cybersecurity career development support without a hitch. Register now for more info!

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants receive their certifications and are recognised in a closing ceremony. Graduates become part of our alumni network, which provides ongoing access to resources and networking opportunities. Additionally, the programme aims to support graduates in finding employment within the cybersecurity field through our network of industry contacts.

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Hear about what the Programme Has to Offer!

Mentee Benefits

  • Networking & Industry Guidance
  • Career Coaching
  • Earn CPD Points Upon Completion of the Programme
  • Become an Effective New School Governor
  • Win The Mentee of the Year Award

Mentor Benefits

  • Expand your Network
  • Professional Growth
  • Earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points
  • Cyber Governors Training
  • Win The Mentor of the Year Award

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