Cyber Ninjas’ believes strongly in actively giving back. This not only means that annually we donate a significant portion of company profits to support charitable causes, but we also actively volunteer to make the organizations a success. This has included providing teaching assistants and instructors for the US Cyber Challenge to train the next generation of cyber security professionals, as well as annually packing and helping hand deliver over 20,000 Christmas presents to children in Haiti with Hand To the Plow. As we entered the new year, we wanted to give a little briefing about some of the causes that we regularly support, and talk about why we support them.
Hand to the Plow
Hand to the Plow was founded in 1983 after a group of individuals took a work trip to Haiti, and had their lives forever changed. Since that first trip in 1983, they have traveled to Haiti regularly bringing clothes, food, gifts, and encouragement; and helping to both fund and build projects such as wells, water cistern’s, schools and churches. All the work in Haiti is done in partnership with Phyllis Newby, who is a long-term fellow servant and friend. Phyllis helps run a center in Haiti which includes an orphanage and medical center, and serves as an outpost to help support over 230 different schools and a similar number of churches; representing over 40,000 people. Every single year a small group of 20-30 Hand to the Plow volunteers purchase, package up, and deliver to Haiti over 20,000 Christmas gifts. These are delivered in schools across the country, complete with a telling of the Christmas story. They give to Haiti, because Christ first gave to us.
Cyber Ninjas supports Hand to the Plow because we believe in their mission, and their works embodies many of the core principals that this company was founded on. We believe that all people were created equal, that true leadership is service to others, and that the best work is in building people. Hand to the Plow conducts all their work with their co-laborers in Haiti as equals, serving where requested and needed; while also helping educate and build people that can then serve others. This is done from a Christian worldview, which is at the center of both Hand to the Plow and Cyber Ninjas’ leadership. The demonstration of this worldview, however, is something that all faiths can appreciate; and Christians and non-Christians alike in Haiti benefit from.
The US Cyber Challenge
The US Cyber Challenge was founded in 2009 with the mission of finding America’s best and brightest, and connecting them to a career in Cyber Security; in order to help answer the workforce shortage in the industry. Annually a national competition is run where the high scorers are invited to a week-long cyber security boot camp that culminates in a four-hour Capture-The-Flag (CTF) competition. Winners from prior years are encouraged to come back as teacher’s assistance, and eventually as instructors.
Cyber Ninjas supports US Cyber Challenge because we believe in the mission of the organization, and we know personally that what they’re doing is effective. As we attempt to attract and recruit talent we are constantly confronted with the shortage of qualified people in the field. The US Cyber Challenge helps solve this problem, while again also encouraging service and giving back. On a personal level, our CEO, Doug Logan; started in the US Cyber Challenge as a participant its first year in 2010; and through his involvement over the years he’s seen it propel his own and other’s careers.
Sponsorship information can be found on their website.