There is no such thing in life as a free lunch.
Well, welcome to the exception to the rule (cos, who likes rules anyway - yuck!)
A few years ago Telspace Systems gave me an opportunity and it changed my life. I am so grateful that there are people in the world (like those at Telspace) who do this kind of thing. It became a personal priority to be able to keep this kind of momentum going, and do my utmost to give the same kind of opportunities to others.
As South Africans in the industry will know, many people face "barriers to entry", training is an expense that many people in our country simply cannot afford... so I am excited to see what can be achieved if that barrier is completely removed.
It is with great excitement, that I'm able to share that this intention has now become a reality. After discussions with the Social Responsibility Program group at Offensive Security, HackSouth has been given 10 PWK Vouchers.
Yes, you read that correctly - TEN!
As Hack South is a South African community, vouchers will be awarded to South Africans.
Each voucher includes 90 days lab time, the course PDF and videos, as well as one exam voucher.
I have no doubt that this is going to change the lives of 10 people, and I'm grateful to be a part of this process. So, enough rambling - let's get to the important stuff!
Do you wanna get certified, but don't have the means or would you be considered as someone who is under-represented in the industry? HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
Simply put, these vouchers are earmarked for individuals who are underrepresented in the community, or cannot afford the training required to get into the Information Security industry.
This means we're looking for people who have basic technical abilities, the drive and passion required in this industry, as well as the time to dedicate to the labs in order to make the most of this opportunity.
We want to make it as simple as possible to "apply" for a voucher, and it's broken down into these three steps.
We want to know a bit about you, why do you want to get your OSCP? We also need to know more about how you meet the requirements above. You can email this through to the-munx at protonmail dot com.
2. WALK THE WALK
This is your chance to show us what you can do! Are you active on Hack The Box?, OffSec Proving Grounds?, TryHackMe? Have you built your own home lab?
Do you have a blog where you share what you've learnt? Do you build or create? We don't care how you get your hacky on, we just want to see it in action!
3. TALK THE TALK
Lastly, we'll want to "meet" you (under the current circumstances, this is likely to happen virtually) for a casual chat.
Do your best to impress us and you could find yourself with one of these PWK vouchers!
I recommend you join HackSouth Discord and look for the pay-it-forward channel dedicated to this "giveaway". That's the place where the mods can answer any questions, provide feedback, provide mentorship and put you in touch with other industry professionals.