CRDF Global Launches Cyber Defenders Reintegration Program for Ukrainian Veterans

CRDF Global, with support from the U.S. Department of State, in collaboration with the Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine and the National Coordination Center for Cybersecurity at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, is proud to announce the Cyber Defenders Reintegration Program.

This program’s primary objective is to facilitate the acquisition of essential skills and knowledge for veterans, enabling them to embark on successful careers in cybersecurity. The initiative encompasses comprehensive training in cyber defense and cybersecurity, coupled with assistance in securing employment in the public sector or opportunities within Ukrainian cybersecurity institutions. Beyond imparting new skills and knowledge, the program empowers veterans to play an active role in safeguarding the nation in the digital realm, contributing to the reinforcement of Ukraine’s digital infrastructure protection systems.

The program builds upon the success achieved in a previous version of the Cyber Defenders program, which was launched in May 2021. This iteration represents a logical progression and natural evolution of the program to address contemporary challenges.

The Cyber Defenders Program will commence on February 19, 2024 and span four and a half months, offering a blend of online and offline training formats. Key features include:

  • A four-month training course conducted by Cyber Unit Technologies, a leading Ukrainian cybersecurity company, covering analytics, OSINT, auditing, and pentesting.
  • English language training provided by the British Council School.
  • Career guidance facilitated by the employment platform and recruitment agency, Lobby X.
  • Psychosocial support designed to aid participants in their successful reintegration into society following their return from active duty

The program ensures equal opportunities for all veterans, including those with military injuries, trauma, or limited mobility. Participation is open to veterans with health conditions conducive to effective online and remote study (four hours per day).

By joining this initiative, veterans will gain new career prospects in cybersecurity, experiencing positive professional and social transformations. Moreover, the program provides government agencies and private companies in Ukraine with an opportunity to bolster their capacity to counter cyber-attacks, leveraging the expertise of veterans enrolled in the program.

CRDF Global is proud to partner with the Ministry of Veterans Affairs and National Coordination Center for Cybersecurity to offer this opportunity to veterans, and we look forward to embarking on this journey with veterans to effect change in lives and together fortify Ukraine’s cybersecurity system.