How to hire the best one cybersecurity talents. ATO/JFO veterans are cyber defenders for state-owned enterprises and governmental agencies.

Danylo Haidenko
Danylo Haidenko
Project manager of the Cyberdefenders program, CRDF Global

Are you looking for cybersecurity specialists or planning to strengthen your team with specialists who will protect your information systems from cyberattacks in a disciplined and responsible manner?

Cybersecurity professional development and reintegration program for ATO/JFO veterans “Cyberdefenders” trains junior professionals who have all the necessary knowledge and skills to work in the government, public and private sectors.

The program provides Ukrainian veterans with free professional cybersecurity training, with the goal of helping them secure employment in the informational security and cybersecurity spheres.

The Cyberdefenders program helps veterans make the transition from military service to civilian life. Participants of the program study a new profession in the field of cybersecurity and thus get the opportunity to continue to realize their true calling to defend Ukraine.

The program is designed and implemented by the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF Global) with strategic and financial support from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia in partnership with the National Technical University of Ukraine (Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute) and the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA). The program was developed in coordination with the Ministry of Veterans Affairs, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC of Ukraine) and The National Cyber Security Coordination Center at the NSDC of Ukraine.

ATO/JFO male and female veterans study the following qualifications with support of professors of the National Technical University of Ukraine (Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute), professors from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA), English language teachers from the British Council:

  • cybersecurity analyst;
  • penetration tester;
  • forensics examiner;
  • reverse engineer;
  • network security administrator.

Experienced cybersecurity professionals, professors, and career consultants prepare former military personnel for a new profession.

Upon completion of the course, participants receive a state-recognized certificate in the field of cybersecurity, as well as a chance to undergo the Cisco Academy certification exam free of charge. The principal career partner is

Thirty veterans have successfully completed a cybersecurity training course launched in May 2021. Half of the participants have already received employment or internship offers from government organizations and international companies after graduation.

Fifty participants who successfully passed the selection will graduate the program in March 2022. Now veterans from Kyiv, Lviv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Odesa, Vinnytsia, Sumy, Pavlograd, Zhytomyr, Kovel, Zaporizhia, Kryvyi Rih, Mukachevo, Chernihiv, Mykolaiv, Kamianske, Irpin, Brovary, Boryspil, Bila Tserkva, Bucha are studying and completing the training course.

Learn more about the program and graduate employment support, as well as other important information, on the program’s official website:

If you are interested in becoming a program partner or hiring graduate cyberdefenders, please contact: [email protected]

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