We are ecstatic to announce the launch of Global CyberTech Exchange, a global effort to address the worldwide technology gaps and facilitate knowledge exchange between and among communities.
Our approach is multi-faceted in that we believe that given the opportunity to study and learn, an individual (whether a student, teacher, or community member)is not only able to excel and recognize their full potential but create a brighter future for themselves, their families, and their communities. Each person educated or trained through this project will be paving the way to innovative solutions to global challenges. We seek to go beyond merely training individuals to improve their security posture but giving a leg-up to historically marginalized populations via international knowledge exchange and social support.
Due to globalization and the ever-increasing reliance on technology, the world faces a drastic talent gap that if addressed correctly has the potential to solve many of the issues that society faces. As of this year, there will be over 3.5 million cybersecurity job openings worldwide and cybercrimes will cost over $6 trillion annually. The need for cyber skills and training are ever-more evident in marginalized communities and developing countries. By training students, professionals, and communities in cyber space, we are in turn addressing this shortage and supporting individuals to enter into a field with a 0% unemployment rate.
Our effort will serve as a compass to marginalized communities and developing countries as they navigate the ever-growing cyber landscape. Although in the early stages, we foresee that this project has the potential to bridge the digital divide, create a much needed global technology recruitment pipeline, instill sufficient skills for technology careers, and build strong international cyber collaborations. Beyond that we realize we have an opportunity to support an train individuals to be the cyber professionals of tomorrow, improving their livelihoods and socioeconomic states. Our project and community support systems have the potential to protect individuals from a life on the streets, reduce human slavery, or address the increasing crime rate. This project will also serve as a mechanism to address many of the UN Sustainable Development goals including poverty reduction, quality education, gender equity, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and employment, more resilient infrastructure and innovation, reduction of inequalities, and stronger global partnerships.
We recognize that cross-cultural learning and knowledge exchange can be transformative by breaking down barriers that limit human progress and growth revealing commonalities. Our goal is to conduct transboundary technology and cyber exchanges to break down digital barriers that communities and countries face and fill the digital gap around the world. Currently our knowledge exchange is focused on sharing information and conducting training among and between the USA, Ghana, and Canada, although our plan is to continually expand our endeavors to other countries and communities.
We have big dreams for Global Cyber Exchange and would love to have you on board. Check out our vision for Global CyberTech Exchange, contact us to get involved, and follow us on social media to stay up to date!
Benjamin and Elisabeth