Cyberworkplace appoints Natalia Wojtowicz to the Board!

Natalia Wojtowicz, Cyberworkplace board member

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Natalia Wojtowicz to the board of Cyberworkplace!

With a solid background in wargaming, modeling, and simulation Natalia has worked for NATO and CCOE. In her role as lecturer at the Haagse Hogeschool University of Applied sciences, Natalia focuses on wargaming and cybersecurity. She is dedicated to providing students from all walks of life, with the best start to their careers.

At Cyberworkplace Natalia will work with our staff and volunteers to further develop our cybersecurity curriculum and our student support program. The board is confident that with her input we will further strengthen our capabilities and develop new and exciting training programs for young security talents!

Jonge Oekraïense vluchtelingen getraind in cybersecurity

‘Deze jongeren delen hun vergaarde kennis vervolgens met hun landgenoten, maar ook in Nederland.’

Twintig Oekraïense en tien Nederlandse studenten volgen een maand lang gratis cybersecuritytrainingen. Tijdens de trainingen maken ze kennis met ethisch hacken, hightech beveiligingsmaatregelen en digitaal forensisch onderzoek. Ook komen ze te weten wat voor mogelijkheden een loopbaan in cybersecurity biedt.

An excellent opportunity to get in touch with many professionals from the industry and kick-start your career

Taisiia Garkava, Former student & ambassador of Cyberworkplace

Please introduce yourself.

My name is Taisiia, I am 25 years old, and I live in Delft. I was born in Ukraine, but when I was seventeen, I got a chance to move to The Netherlands and since then considered this country my home. This year, I graduated from the Safety and Security Management program at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. If I have some free time, I like to spend it seeing my friends, going to the cinema, reading or travelling. 

When did you join Cyberworkplace? 

I joined Cyberworkplace in October 2021 after a friend of mine told me about a workshop that was given by the organization. I thought, “It sounds exciting. I need to sign up”. That is how it all started.

What did you like about Cyberworkplace? 

I liked the atmosphere and people at Cyberworkplace. It always inspired me to see how much everyone is dedicated to their work. I truly enjoyed being there every Friday, talking to people and learning something new. 

What have you learned at Cyberworkplace?

At Cyberworkplace, I was happy to get my first introduction to the basics of Python programming language. Workshops were intense and very practically oriented, which I liked a lot. Additionally, it was very motivating to talk to many people in the industry and learn about their experiences.

What is your most favorite moment at Cyberworkplace? 

There were many moments that I liked about Cyberworkplace, but thinking of the most favorite one – it is the Christmas quiz when we all were competing for a prize. I really liked that next to acquiring the knowledge, there were often moments when we just had some fun.

What are you currently up to?

Currently, I am working full-time at the company Darktrace. Starting in September, I will combine it with a Master’s program at Leiden University and part-time positions as a junior researcher at the Centre of Expertise Cyber Security in The Hague.

Describe Cyberworkplace with three words.

Knowledgeable, fun, motivating. 

Would you recommend Cyberworkplace to your friends and acquaintances? 

I would definitely recommend Cyberworkplace to anyone who wants to work in the field of cybersecurity. You will learn a lot and get to know other people interested in working in the same area. Besides, this is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with many professionals from the industry and kick-start your career.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Lastly, I want to encourage you to do your best – read, take extra courses, ask questions, learn and continuously improve. If you are working hard on getting where you want to be – you will get there quicker than you think. Also, take risks and do not be afraid of doing things that you thought were impossible.

Check the requirements and join Cyberworkplace here.

Cyberworkplace is expanding its team

Vita Korotka, Cyberworkplace assistant manager

Cyberworkplace is happy to welcome Vita Korotka to the team. Vita is from Kyev, Ukraine, and moved with her family to the Netherlands earlier this year, where she hopes to start a new chapter of her life.

She is passionate about everything she does and always excited to start something new.

She has experience in business process analysis, entrepreneurship, and user interface design. These different business fields helped her to form a strong background for the new career start in the field of cybersecurity.

Vita shares the mission of reducing the cybersecurity talent gap and promoting cybersecurity awareness. ”I admire the idea to create the new generation of young, talented cybersecurity specialists. I’ll do my best to contribute to the Cyberworkplace mission and to help young people get the chance in building their future.”, says Vita.

Check the Cyberworkplace team here.