Applications open for new infosec graduate programme in Cork

It’s well understood that there is a global cybersecurity skills gap at the moment and companies in the industry are trying to reach more candidates. One of them is Smarttech247, which wants to help bridge the gap “from education to employment” with its new graduate programme.

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The Irish managed-detection and response firm uses cloud, big-data analytics and machine-learning technologies to help customers with security operations and threat intelligence, detection, investigation and response.

Its information security graduate programme will offer candidates from all academic backgrounds a year-long placement at the company with training and the chance to secure full-time employment. Those with a degree in information security, network engineering or computer science will have a greater chance of nabbing a place.

To qualify, candidates must have graduated within the last two years. Smarttech247 said that successful applicants can expect to work in a “fast-paced, dynamic team” that draws on “the latest technologies to monitor and fight cyberthreats”.

Focus areas during the 12 months will include information security, cybersecurity, data protection and consulting services. Those on the programme will interact directly with Smarttech247 clients, helping them build and implement security solutions.

The firm also launched a Women in Cybersecurity Academy across Cork, Bucharest and Krakow earlier this year.

Applying to Smarttech247?

Smarttech247 caters to international customers from its offices in Ireland, the UK, Romania, Poland and the US. Its Irish team is based in Cork Airport Business Park, Co Cork. The company said that recruits could get the opportunity to visit its other locations during training.

The firm’s general manager, Raluca Saceanu, said her team is hoping to attract “passionate people” who are eager to help companies “defend themselves against cybercrime”.

“The experience and training you gain from being exposed to real-world cyber situations is highly valuable,” she said. “Unlike graduates at a very large firm, these recruits will get to contribute in a more meaningful way to our operation and benefit from the industry-leading mentoring we can offer.”

Those interested in applying should send their CV and a cover letter to and keep an eye out for updates here. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2021 and interviews will take place the following month.

Saceanu added: “You should expect to be taken out of your comfort zone and discover something new all the time, so a can-do attitude and a willingness to learn will be key.”

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