New Assessment tests candidates’ cyber potential Offers £30,000 scholarships to top performers
The SANS Institute has created an in-depth Cyber Aptitude Assessment. It will allow anyone interested in cyber security to gauge the quality of their existing skills, and identify the nation’s top performers who will be helped into cyber security careers.
The test has been designed by SANS cyber experts and trainers to assess the skills and innate capabilities most needed to achieve success in a modern cyber security careers.
The participants who show the most potential to fill roles in government and industry will be offered scholarships for the prestigious SANS Cyber Academy, an eight week intensive boot camp offering world class cyber security training, valued at £30,000.
The assessment, the first of its kind, is free and open to anyone.
The SANS Cyber Aptitude Assessment
The online assessment consists of approximately 40 multiple-choice questions which must be completed within 45 minutes.
Some questions test existing IT and security knowledge – such as networking concepts, security procedures, programming languages, and hardware. Others pose maths problems, comprehension tests and logic puzzles to assess the innate personality traits that highly successful cyber security personnel often display. This includes the ability to parse information and extrapolate important elements, and to pick up new technical concepts quickly.
Participants will receive a summary report showing their strengths and weaknesses in different areas of cyber security, and a benchmark ranking against others who have taken the assessment.
All results will be confidential. The anonymised data will also help SANS to work with the UK government to identify skills gaps and inform cyber skills policy and funding.
The SANS Cyber Academy
SANS will offer top performers scholarships for the SANS Cyber Academy. The Academy, led by SANS Instructor James Lyne, is designed to compress a typical two-year SANS cyber security training schedule into two months.
At the end of the programme, graduates will be GIAC certified and equipped to take the next step in their Cyber Security career. Academy trainers will also help match graduates to suitable jobs in industry and government.