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Cyber academy opens in Azerbaijan

On September 20, 2022, the official opening ceremony of the PRO-ACADEMY training centre, created as part of a joint project of the Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University (ASOIU) and PROSOL, one of the largest cybersecurity companies in Azerbaijan, took place. 

The main goal of PRO-ACADEMY is to train local and national personnel in cybersecurity in Azerbaijan, to improve further the knowledge and skills of young professionals and students in this area. Cyber threats, which have become one of the most prominent targets of our time, create severe consequences for individuals, companies, and states. This trend is becoming increasingly dangerous and requires countries to develop their defence capabilities against such challenges. Therefore, it is essential to train cybersecurity specialists with high knowledge and experience in Azerbaijan. 

The academic centre, established jointly by PROSOL and ASOIU, emerged from this great need. The centre will educate its students in cyber attacks, cyber defence, cyber investigation and assessment, cyber policy, rules and procedures, and other relevant areas. It should also be noted that about 50 cyber analysts and specialists have been trained and brought to the country's market over the past year at the Cyber Training Center owned by PROSOL. 

Rector of the Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University, Professor Mustafa Babanli, speaking at the event, noted that cyber security is of great importance in our country and the main goal of the academy is to train highly qualified cyber specialists who will serve the future of Azerbaijan. Then Babek Agayev, co-founder and chairman of PRO-ACADEMY, Moshe Yaalon, former Deputy Prime Minister of Israel and former Minister of Defense, and Avi Weissman, founder and CEO of the Israeli cyber academy See Security spoke about the role of cyber security in the digital age, the common interests of Azerbaijan and Israel in this area. 

At the end of the event, the success stories of ASOIU students who graduated from the PROSOL Cyber ​​Training Center and are now leading specialists of the company, as well as the speeches of two out of 55 students who will study at the PRO-ACADEMY training centre, were listened.