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Brooklyn Cyber Center Pushes Diversity

Ankura Consulting Group announced its launch of its Brooklyn Cyber Center. The BCC, created to talent and diversity disparities in the cybersecurity industry, aims to help organizations fill open security positions.

The BCC will identify and recruit high-potential candidates from underrepresented communities in Brooklyn and surrounding areas of metro New York City. Members of the program will participate in a 15-week, full-time intensive training on core cybersecurity disciplines. Those who successfully complete the intake program will then have the opportunity to join Ankura’s global cybersecurity practice as full-time security analysts. The BCC is currently operating virtually but will eventually move to a permanent home in downtown Brooklyn. 

“As leaders of Ankura’s cybersecurity practice, we have learned over the past 20 years that qualities such as curiosity, tenacity, and a strong work ethic are the biggest predictors of success for a cybersecurity professional,” Jason Straight, Senior Managing Director in Ankura’s cybersecurity practice and a Brooklyn resident said in a statement. “Our Cyber Center will provide an opportunity to those who have the passion, drive and commitment to be successful but may not necessarily have had the opportunity to take a traditional path to a professional career.”

Ankura’s broad-based cybersecurity services business ideally positions the Firm to launch the BCC because of its focus on and experience in delivering technology-enabled managed services to help its clients protect against cyber threats such as ransomware and supply chain attacks. In particular, Ankura’s Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service, which provides 24/7 real-time security monitoring, threat detection and incident response services, is growing rapidly, generating a steady demand for security analysts to support the business. As part of a 24/7 team with years of experience delivering MDR services, new recruits quickly obtain real-world experience working alongside seasoned professionals, while honing their skills and gaining proficiency as analysts.

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