The Placement Initiative is a component of the Passage Program, and was developed by the Tech Data Cyber Range to support the development of new cybersecurity talent. It places candidates in new job roles by providing the resources and hands-on skills needed to succeed in the workforce. The Placement Initiative focuses on developing candidates who are interested in pursuing careers in cybersecurity, such as current university students or recent graduates of a cybersecurity program.

The Placement Initiative is designed for two target audiences: candidates, who are looking to be placed in new job roles cybersecurity, and employers, who are looking to hire candidates who have completed the program.

Career Roles for the Placement Initiative: 

SOC Analyst 1

  • A Tier 1 SOC Analyst position is a core job role in defensive cybersecurity.
  • This role is responsible for the monitoring and investigation of security alerts and incidents in a Security Operations Center (SOC).
  • This path is directed at individuals interested in pursuing careers in cybersecurity, such as current college and university students or recent graduates of a cybersecurity program.

The Placement Initiative will provide job-readiness testing and training on the following topics:

  • Malware identification
  • Data search procedures
  • Identification and recognition of vulnerabilities
  • Utilization of protocol analyzers
  • Interpretation of collected information and logs
  • Fundamentals of Windows
  • Report writing

Junior Penetration Tester

  • A Junior Penetration Tester is the foundational job role in offensive cybersecurity.
  • This role is responsible for the reconnaissance, enumeration, and the analysis and reporting of security vulnerabilities.
  • This path is directed at individuals interested in pursuing careers in cybersecurity who have a mix of education and practical ethical hacking experience.

The Placement Initiative will provide job-readiness testing and training on the following topics:

  • Pre-engagement analysis
  • Reconnaissance and information gathering
  • Enumeration
  • Introduction to exploitation
  • Post-exploitation and engagement clean-up
  • Remediation guidance
  • Vulnerability analysis
  • Report writing

For Candidates

If you are interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity, seeking to be placed within an organization as a cybersecurity professional, and believe you meet the criteria required for entry, the Placement Initiative might be right for you.

Candidates accepted into the program can expect:

  • Identification of cybersecurity competencies and areas of development
  • Job placement support with recruiters and hiring organizations
  • No out-of-pocket costs to enroll

Are you interested in applying to the Placement Initiative? Complete the application today. 

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Candidate Benefits

  • Real-world cybersecurity skills and knowledge assessments
  • Hands-on skills training to prepare for job readiness
  • Support with career path development, resume building and interview readiness

For Employers

If you are an employer, you can be confident in hiring individuals who have successfully completed the Placement Initiative program.

Employers utilizing the program can expect:

  • The opportunity to hire vetted candidates for critical cybersecurity job roles
  • Confidence in hiring individuals who have been verified to possess job readiness competencies
  • A simplified and easy process to onboard individuals who have completed the program

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Employer Benefits

  • Expand your internal security departments
  • Eliminate onboarding time constraints
  • Gain confidence in hiring qualified, proficient candidates