September 5, 2022

TikTok Launches New Program To Diversify The Cybersecurity Industry

Video-sharing platform, TikTok, has partnered up with Cyversity to connect underrepresented individuals with more opportunities in the cybersecurity world. 

TikTok is championing the #SeeYourselfInCyber hashtag as a part of a new HBCU program set to launch later this fall. The program, made up of an online mentoring syllabus, will host in-person events at HBCUs to aid students with the skills needed to work within the cybersecurity sector. 

The initiative aims to solve the issue of 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by awarding 50 students a scholarship representing the platform’s ongoing commitment to helping the next generation kickstart their careers. 

“TikTok is helping us tackle the need for more cybersecurity professionals, specifically in the disproportionate underrepresentation of women and minority populations,” said Beverly Benson, Executive Director at Cyversity. 

“Individuals from underserved communities will be able to receive training for in-demand security roles through this innovative program.” 

In a press release, TikTok announced that they have developed an interactive Cybersecurity Toolkit for users in partnership with the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) have developed an interactive Cybersecurity Toolkit for users, which will provide a step-by-step guide with free tools and resources to help everyone defend their digital footprint. 

Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.