Frequently Asked Questions


How much does the program cost?

The cost of the NextGen program varies depending on your current status, if you are a student or if you are already employed in a job and looking to advance or start your career in cybersecurity.

If you are a student then we do have scholarship and grant opportunities. To determine if you qualify, click on this link and register as a NextGen and submit your application.

What are the classroom/study hours?

NextGen programs or classes are offered virtually and we do have self-paced online training and also instructor led training. The instructor led training is from Monday through Friday from 9AM to 3PM Pacific standard time once you are registered as part of a cohort. For more information, click here to access the upcoming cohorts and training program

Does NextGen help me get a job or internship?

NextGen helps you to be successful in cybersecurity domain by helping you find internships, full time job placements, mentoring, leadership development and also help you to network with experts and leaders to keep you abreast of cyber security threats and industry trends

Our goal is ensure our candidates have a complete end to end support and services to ensure you are successful in your career and personal development

How much can I expect to earn in cybersecurity?

It depends on your skillset and number of years of experience in cybersecurity. On average, cybersecurity professionals make ~$83,000 per year in base salary, with those who have greater experience earning as high as $112,000. To get a detailed understanding of the pay scale and job opportunity, we request you to join as a NextGen Member and review the details on our portal.  To register – click this link.

What is the NextGen program?​

NextGen offers aspiring students a plethora of options while choosing a career in cyber security and data protection. Our team of expert coaches have designed curriculums based on the student’s profiles starting from a beginner course for students from non-IT background to Advance courses which includes risk management, data science, privacy and compliance.

A student’s journey is typically from 45 to 90 days based on the course opted and will be encouraged to take up advanced levels. Training sessions have both theory and cloud-based technology labs to provide real-time professional experience.

Students can access courseware from anywhere through a dedicated Learning management system and can interact with peers and trainers through collaboration tools.

Why should I be a member of NextGen?​

NextGen provides an innovative approach to training and developing the future generation of cybersecurity professionals. For those who are interested and energized to learn, NextGen provides top-notch learning opportunities by collaborating with established industry leaders. NextGen does not stop at this but helps its members convert all their efforts and success into real jobs. We provide job placement support for those who successfully complete their training. We provide a platform to learn cybersecurity and data protection concepts, techniques, processes and solutions by engaging coaches who are domain experts and stalwarts in the field of cyber technology. We suggest relevant courses based on your profile and enable you to design your career path by providing full time placements, internships or externship. Apart from training & education members also get scholarship opportunities, internship along with mentoring and soft skills training.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Please register as a member and submit an application. Upon submission, we will review and follow up if there is any additional information that we require. Generally it will take up to a month from your submission date for you to hear back if you have qualified for a scholarship

When do the courses start and how can I access the cohort schedule?

See below for a brief summary of our cohort schedule. There will be opportunities to apply for future classes. Please regularly stay connected with our social media and website announcements for new developments.

Palo Alto Cybersecurity Foundational Courses

Full Time: Monday to Friday : 9AM - 3PM PT
Jul 12th, 2021 - Aug 13th, 2021 (Virtual Online)

The Academic Track courses align to the U.S. National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework and cybersecurity work roles. ● CyberSecurity Foundation Course (CSF) ● CyberSecurity Gateway (CSG) Course ● CyberSecurity Essentials (CSE) Course

» Apply by: July 9th, 2021

Privacy 101 Cohort - Offered by Grant Thornton

Part Time: Monday to Friday : 9AM - 3PM PT
Jun 28th, 2021 - Jul 16th, 2021 (Virtual Online)

In today’s digital world where individuals regularly transact and socialize through online platforms, privacy has become an important issue for consumers and organizations alike. Personal data is ubiquitously collected, linked, and leveraged by organizations for a variety of purposes ranging from business operations, product/service improvements, data insights, and often for purposes unknown or unclear to the consumer. The methods and tools used to collect user data have advanced through evolving technologies, and organizations holding such data have become susceptible to data breaches and security incidents where user data has been exposed or compromised. In parallel, individuals are becoming increasingly concerned with how and why their information is being collected and used. This has led to an emergence of robust laws and regulations created to establish accountability for the handling of personal data and afford individuals meaningful access and control over their data. This training course will provide an overview of the following topics, each of which provide foundational knowledge of privacy and data protection in today’s climate: • What is privacy and why is it important • Regulatory landscape of privacy in the United States and Europe • Building and operationalizing a privacy program • Privacy automation and technology • Emerging privacy trends • Professional certifications This course aligns to the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) certification exams (CIPT, CIPP/US, and CIPP/E), with the hope that the information covered will supplement the studying process. OneTrust demos and trainings throughout this course will also provide students a strong foundation and background on the tool’s capabilities with the hope that the information covered will supplement the training and studying processes to receive the OneTrust Professional Certification.

» Apply by: June 25th, 2021

How do I get started?

To get started register as a member at no cost and we will schedule time with you to schedule an orientation session to provide details on our training, mentorship, networking and leadership opportunities

How long does the application process take?

Typically it takes 2-3 weeks once you register and submit your application for the Next Gen Program

What are the eligibility requirements and criteria?

Please see our student page for more details here