To keep all Americans secure and boost the next generation of innovation in the U.S., we must drastically scale up the cyber workforce across the country.
The Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD) developed the National Cyber Workforce and Education Strategy (NCWES) to address this national security and economic imperative. The NCWES meets President Biden’s call in the 2023 National Cybersecurity Strategy (NCS) for ONCD to develop a strategy to expand the national cyber workforce, increase its diversity, and expand access to cyber education and training. Implementation of the NCWES will expand opportunities nationwide for good-paying, middle-class jobs in cyber.
ONCD developed the NCWES in collaboration with 34 departments, agencies, and EOP components, and based on extensive input from hundreds of key external stakeholders.
“Building and maintaining a strong cyber workforce cannot be achieved unless a cybersecurity career is within reach for any capable American who wishes to pursue it and every organization with an unfilled position plays a part in training the next generation of cybersecurity talent.”President Biden (NCS 4.6)
“The National Cyber Workforce and Education Strategy is critical for the National Cybersecurity Strategy to be possible, as we must equip our people with the necessary skills to implement the cybersecurity vision laid out in the National Cybersecurity Strategy.”Acting Director of ONCD Kemba Walden
“The strategy is just the first step. We are optimistic to engage with the country’s workers, educators, employers, and governments to take action in equipping our country for our cyber future.”Deputy National Cyber Director Camille Stewart Gloster
The NCWES aims to both equip all Americans with foundational cyber skills and increase access for all workers, regardless of college degree status, to good, meaningful jobs in cyber. There are hundreds of thousands of cyber jobs across the country that are available now and offer high earnings potential and the opportunity to protect our organizations, businesses, communities, and country.
If you are a worker, see the Worker Guidance Sheet for how you can explore these skills and jobs.
For educators, the NCWES supports instruction for skilled cyber workers and the teaching of foundational cyber skills to all Americans. It supports educational models that encourage the development of skills-based alternatives to four-year degrees and the alignment of adaptive digital skills to continuously evolving industry needs.
For employers, the NCWES encourages cross-sector employment initiatives to expand and diversify the cyber workforce through skills-based hiring, training, and career development.
If you are an employer, see the Employer Guidance Sheet for resources and actions you can take to expand and diversity your cyber workforce.
For government, the NCWES provides a roadmap for how government human resource processes, data sharing, and training requirements can lead to a highly skilled workforce at the cutting edge of cybersecurity and technological advancements.
If you are a government entity, see the Government Guidance Sheet for resources and actions you can take to expand and diversify your cyber workforce.
For the NCWES’ vision to be realized, no one actor in this space can alone achieve the change needed at scale, including government. This means all of us – government, academia, philanthropy, private sector hiring entities, non-governmental organizations, non-profits, international partners and more – must each see ourselves and our goals in this strategy, and take coordinated action accordingly.
The following organizations have made substantial announcements, commitments, or pledges to increase the number of Americans in good-paying, middle-class cyber jobs:
NSF will invest over $24M in CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) awards over the next four years. These awards will support the development of a robust and resilient cybersecurity workforce by addressing the unique challenges around recruiting and retaining cybersecurity professionals for careers serving federal, local, state, or tribal governments. Awards will be made to: 1) University of Alabama at Birmingham; 2) California State University; Sacramento; 3) University of Tennessee Chattanooga; 4) Tuskegee University; 5) State University of New York at Buffalo; 6) Mississippi State University; and 7) Idaho State University.
The National Security Agency’s (NSA) National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) program will release four grants to support a pilot initiative to develop four new Cyber Clinics at accredited U.S. colleges and universities in Nevada, Minnesota, Louisiana and Virginia. The Cyber Clinics will support communities and small governments that would otherwise not have access to cyber risk assessment and planning assistance and provide an opportunity for over 200 students to develop competencies while in a supervised learning environment. NSA also expects to increase the number of NCAE-C designated institutions to 460 by the end of 2024, which will serve a projected 174,000 students annually. NSA also sponsors GenCyber summer camps each year, with a goal of at least 100 camps across the country, serving 2,800 students and 600 teachers.
ONCD is committed to greater diversity among internship applicants through increased recruitment and outreach to underrepresented communities, such as women, people of color, and people with disabilities. ONCD will identify unique outreach channels with a focus on reaching underrepresented communities and will create dedicated recruitment materials by the Summer 2024 intern application season.
NIST will award up to $3,600,000 for Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) cybersecurity education and workforce development projects. The Notice of Funding Opportunity for RAMPS is open to organizations that will bring together employers and educators to develop a skilled workforce to meet industry needs within a local or regional economy. NIST may fund up to 18 RAMPS awards. Additionally, in cooperation with Katzcy, a digital marketing firm, NIST supports the US Cyber Games to recruit, train, and develop the team representing the United States in international cybersecurity competitions. This program engages with over 2,000 individuals in the yearly U.S. Cyber Open and annually trains over 150 students though months-long U.S. Cyber Combine and Pipeline programs.
The Department of Labor announced a $65 million award in formula and competitive grants to 45 states and territories to develop and scale registered apprenticeship programs in cybersecurity and other critical sectors. Seven of these states and territories identified cybersecurity as one of their targeted sectors. DOL also made a competitive award to Utah to support the expansion of Registered Apprenticeship Programs for cybersecurity and other sectors. The Department also announced a new Registered Apprenticeship industry intermediary, Safal Partners LLC, that will specifically focus on launching, promoting, and expanding Registered Apprenticeship programs in cybersecurity.
OPM will partner with federal agencies, the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) Council Recruitment and Outreach Working Group, and external, good-government groups to host a second Tech to Gov Job Fair by Q2 of FY2024. Further, OPM is conducting an occupational study to establish or update one or more occupational series covering Federal government positions in the fields of software development, software engineering, data science, and data management. OPM will explore Digital Career work in the Federal government to determine workforce needs and policy requirements supporting a Federal Digital Careers workforce. This study will identify the nature and scope of digital careers work and the skills needed to perform this work governmentwide. The results of the study will affect how Federal agencies attract, hire, and retain Digital Career professionals governmentwide. OPM’s Tech to Gov Working Group is also partnering with the US Digital Service to support tech hiring across government and cultivate a pipeline of skilled tech talent recruitment representatives, regardless of their job series.
VA announced a Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program for Veterans: a two-year developmental program within the VA Cybersecurity Operations Center (CSOC) to provide a unique, hands-on learning and development experience for cybersecurity apprentices, and to encourage a career in the federal cybersecurity workforce. Program Apprentices will develop cyber knowledge and experience through mentoring, on-the-job training, and leading-edge training courses. The program is a registered apprenticeship with the Department of Labor and will begin recruiting and onboarding its first cybersecurity apprenticeship cohort in Q1 FY2024. The first cohort will consist of approximately five transitioning veterans coming from tech-specific Military Occupational Specialties (MOS), with the hopes of increasing capacity to 10. In addition, VA authorized a Special Salary Rate (SSR) for its technology and cybersecurity personnel in the 2210, 1550, and 0854 occupational series. This is an important step towards closing the growing gap between industry and Federal Government salary rates for technology and cybersecurity roles. The SSR represents an average increase of 17% in basic pay for VA’s highly skilled technical workforce who are dedicated to providing veterans and their families with the world-class benefits they have earned.
Each October, CISA’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month offers a focused opportunity to engage the public, businesses and other national and international organizations in learning essential cybersecurity tips and providing information, tools, public engagement opportunities and more for audiences at all levels. In 2022, Cybersecurity Awareness Month garnered more than 1,400 media mentions and included more than 120 CISA-wide speaking engagements—35 from CISA leadership—six regional trips, 111 social media posts with more than one million impressions, 7,300 downloads of the Partner Amplification Toolkit, and 108,000 page views of the 2022 landing page. Throughout the year, CISA encourages diversity in the current and future cyber workforce, expose young people to seek careers in cybersecurity, and bridge the current cyber gap with women in cybersecurity and tech through partnerships with groups like Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Who Code, and Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS). CISA also manages a Federal Cyber Defense Skilling Academy to help civilian federal employees develop cyber defense skills through training in the baseline knowledge, skills, and abilities of a Cyber Defense Analyst (CDA).
HUD joined the Cyber Talent Initiative in July 2023 and partnered with the Partnership for Public Service to increase early career talent pipeline and recruitment effort. HUD’s Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (OCISO) is collaborating across all HUD Program Offices to get at least 50 placements in the next fiscal year. This initiative with enable participants a cybersecurity and information technology pathway into HUD by removing as many socio-economic barriers as possible. Participants will be provided opportunities to gain federal employment and hands-on job experience in an immersive environment while learning HUD’s mission, operations, and culture.
Cyber Civil Defense Initiative. In 2023, it doubled its $50 million commitment to cybersecurity causes. It has also issued 11 grants totaling over $12 million to non-profit organizations with programs that are well-aligned to many of the workforce strategy’s key objectives, including cyber capacity building; applied learning opportunities; diversity, equity, and inclusion; digital literacy; and more. This builds on the $48+ million craig newmark philanthropies had already delivered to organizations focused on cybersecurity workforce development, education, tools, and services.
WiCyS is committed to mobilizing its network to underscore the importance of diverse and highly skilled cybersecurity professionals to support the National Cyber Workforce and Education Strategy through four commitments: 1) create cybersecurity career accessibility and opportunities for upskilling and reskilling underrepresented groups; 2) continue the WiCyS Security Training Scholarship program by working with a multi-organization approach to invest in the talent pipeline; and 3) mobilize U.S. regions through WiCyS’s 60 professional affiliates and 220 student chapters with increased opportunity via conferences, events, and hosted engagements; and 4) build a cybersecurity ecosystem through industry engagement. Through these commitments, WiCyS expects to reach over 10,000 individuals.
Cybersafe Foundation will develop a cybersecurity ecosystem playbook specifically designed for the African continent based on the vision laid out in the National Cybersecurity Cyber Workforce and Education Strategy and the 2023 National Cybersecurity Strategy. The playbook will promote diversity and inclusion and include lessons learned and best practices that support cyber workforce development. Cybersafe intends to use it to create opportunities for women and girls to excel in the cybersecurity field.
Over the last year, SANS and the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) expanded their partnership for CyberStart America and Cyber FastTrack, programs to inspire high school and college students across the United States to develop foundational cyber skills. In CyberStart, students utilize a transformative cyber education platform to solve challenges tied to real-world scenarios and build their core skills and knowledge, discovering a passion for cybersecurity in the process. For 2023-24, SANS and NCSF plan to engage over 50,000 students in gamified learning, with up to 5,000 receiving training and certification scholarships. Also, working with its non-profit, Government, and private sector partners, SANS plans to broaden, diversify, and strengthen the national cyber workforce through reskilling for career changers. These reskilling programs will provide over $9.2 million in training and certification scholarships to 500+ individuals, driving increased diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in cybersecurity across the nation.
In August 2023, CRI and CCTI will launch the Phased Critical Infrastructure Pilot: Resiliency for Water Utilities, providing up to 200 small water utilities with basic cybersecurity training and promoting a culture of cyber readiness. Microsoft is sponsoring this initiative to help address the challenge of securing the nation’s water infrastructure from cyber threats. The pilot is based on the CRI’s Cyber Readiness Program, which is designed to assist small- and medium-sized businesses improve their cybersecurity risk management and their ability to respond and recover from a cybersecurity incident. CRI and CCTI will also use the initiative to create a better understanding of the level of cyber readiness across water utilities.
Girl Security will unveil a new portfolio called All Secure, which includes the first comprehensive national security curriculum designed for dual enrollment for high schools and community colleges. As part of All Secure, Girl Security also launched the Workforce Futures Alliance, which will join youth alongside industry leaders to design strategies and outputs to develop the security workforce talent to its fullest potential. Over the next three years, the organization will expand current programming and implement new programs designed to activate 1500 new mentees, 1200 workforce fellows, and 10 million US learners through a targeted engagement strategy with more than 20,000 dual-enrollment high schools and 935 community colleges nationwide.
Trellix is committed to hiring 300 interns over the next two years. Trellix will also leverage career growth platform Gotara to advance the careers of 50 of Trellix’s high-performing women and is committed to offering roles to 12 employees via the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE).
SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. With nearly 325,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 235 million workers and families globally. SHRM has committed to offering free cyber training content for HR professionals and aims to provide the training to at least 15,000 users, projecting that these users would lead to the hiring of up to 75,000 cyber professionals.
Omidyar Network is a self-styled “philanthropic investment firm,” composed of a foundation and an impact investment firm. It has committed $5 million dollars to support and expand cybersecurity and open-source security ecosystems, including work to ensure the next generation is informed and activated to engage across these technologies.
NPower is a workforce development non-profit. The organization commits to embedding cyber skills across all of its courses, primarily reaching young adults and military-affiliated individuals. NPower’s curriculum routinely includes digital literacy to advance skills in cloud computing, cybersecurity, software development, and network infrastructure. NPower also commits to training over 6000 individuals during the next three years and offering multiple on- and off-ramps to continued learning and fulltime employment, including through apprenticeships.
TFM will be awarding cybersecurity scholarships to transitioning service members/Veterans and/or Military Spouses. TFM will fund 50 award recipients in the next year to pursue quality certification courses for career pathway entry in the cybersecurity ecosystem, with plans to expand the program in future years. TFM will also align the award recipients with employer partners who are committed to hiring the award recipients upon completion of the course.
Check Point Software committed to training one million individuals in cybersecurity skills by 2028 through its MIND Cyber Security Training Program, which offers free training kits to all educational organizations in the United States. In addition, the MIND Cyber Security Training Program will include training for instructors and teachers through the SecureAcademy program.
Microsoft and Black Tech Street have announced an unprecedented long-term alliance for Historic Greenwood, the neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma given the moniker “Black Wall Street” by Booker T. Washington for its abundance of affluent Black entrepreneurs. Dubbed “The Digital Transformation of Black Wall Street to Black Tech Street,” this long-term alliance aims to restore Greenwood’s position as a national hub for Black talent and innovation with an initial focus on Cyber.
MassBay Community college plans to announce an increase in the number of cybersecurity professors, allowing an expected increase in MassBay cybersecurity enrollment by more than 40 students, and strengthening its cybersecurity program through the addition of a cyber range. Learners (on an annual basis) will include 45 students from a consortium of colleges, 60 high school students, and 135 employees from businesses, municipalities, school systems, and non-profit organizations from the Greater Boston region. NSF grant funding will assist the school in increasing the diversity of the cybersecurity workforce. The school is also applying for funding to build a Cybersecurity Center, to include the range, a Security Operations Center, and abundant space where college and high school students and employees from businesses, municipalities, school systems, and non-profit groups from the Greater Boston region can strengthen their cybersecurity skills.
Accenture is a global professional services company committed to reducing traditional barriers to employment and finding ways to increase pathways into cybersecurity roles. Accenture and Immersive Labs are partnering to fill one million entry-level jobs in the next decade by providing a free, robust cybersecurity platform that not only trains participants but also engages them in reality-based exercises to prove their skills, which unlocks jobs with hiring organizations within the platform. Recognizing the need for all people to have cyber skills regardless of their roles, Accenture will provide cybersecurity training to more than 700,000 of Accenture’s people in the next year. Accenture has met its goal to fill 20% of entry-level roles from its apprenticeship program and is on track to achieve a gender-balanced workforce by its 2025 goal.
NCA is kicking off the 2nd year of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Cybersecurity Career Program “See Yourself In Cyber.” “See Yourself In Cyber” aims to change the narrative around cybersecurity careers by showing students that there is a role in security for everyone and multiple pathways to a successful career. NCA is committed to raising awareness about cybersecurity careers and increasing opportunities for underrepresented students. In its first year, the program connected over 1,000 students with recruiters and professionals at on-campus events across nine schools, and 142 students have been paired with cybersecurity mentors. This fall, NCA will hold events at five HBCUs in September and November. Each event will feature both public and private sector employers, guest speakers and recruiters, as well as local law enforcement departments to show students the variety of career paths offered in cyber as well as opportunities available in their own communities.
The Aspen Institute’s Cybersecurity Program plans to make three commitments to coincide with the release of the strategy: 1) for cybersecurity education – Aspen will work with American University on a summary of openly availably government-issued cybersecurity resources; 2) for cybersecurity workforce development – Aspen plans to publish a guidebook on best practices for cybersecurity employee development and retention; and 3) for digital literacy – it will host the Aspen Cyber Summit in November in New York City and online to energize practitioners, students, and the public about cybersecurity issues, policy, opportunities, and more.
Dakota State University (DSU) in Sioux Falls, SD is enabling high school students in South Dakota to take as many as 30 credits of university-level computer science coursework as dual credit through the Governor’s Cyber Academy program. Given the rural population in South Dakota, the courses will be offered online and at high schools across the state to serve students at public, private, and tribal schools as well as those who are home-schooled. DSU anticipates 40 students will enroll in the Academy this fall, with the goal of 250 students annually by 2027. In addition, 83 South Dakota small businesses, including minority owned, veteran owned, rural and urban businesses, have enrolled in CyberSafe SD, a cybersecurity initiative sponsored by the U.S Small Business Administration designed to empower small businesses to safeguard against cyber threats. The businesses range from boutique single person businesses, to larger 300 employee businesses from sectors include manufacturing, healthcare, law, telecommunications, agriculture, education, entertainment, biotech, construction, retail, and tourism. Last, DSU is participating in CyberSkils2Work, which focuses on training military personnel and first responders in the domains of open-source intelligence and dark web investigations. The program has achieved remarkable success, surpassing projected enrollment by training over 300 learners to date, and plan to train 200 more participants this coming academic year. Its impact and effectiveness have been widely recognized, leading to securing additional funds to cater to the growing demand for such critical training.
ITSMF aims to raise the number of Black CISOs by 10% by 2026 and increase the cybersecurity workforce pipeline by the same percentage. The impact of ITSMF’s efforts results in industry innovation, growth, and thought leadership through increased representation of talented Black professionals in cyber and risk management at senior levels.
Mastercard is doubling down on its long-standing efforts to build the cyber workforce and drive security for our shared digital ecosystem. Mastercard will align its cybersecurity roles to the NICE Career Navigation structure to simplify career growth and develop a robust skillset across many cybersecurity domains. To support its own talent development, Mastercard will also create upskilling pathways for junior professionals mapped to this same NICE structure by 2024. Additionally, Mastercard will further its support of equipping American girls with foundational cyber skills through its commitment to educate 5 million students by 2025 with its flagship STEM education program, Girls4Tech™. Mastercard will also support access to free cybersecurity education, trainings, and resources for up to 10 million micro, small and medium businesses by 2025. The security of these businesses is critical and these resources, combined with our ongoing substantial investment, will help protect their ecosystem and our nation’s economy.
iKeepSafe will host online trainings for educators reaching 400 educators each month over the next year, utilizing the online training content found at no cost on the iKeepSafe website–Data Privacy in Education – an iKeepSafe Educator Training Course. This training will provide educators at all levels – teachers, administration, and support staff – with the necessary information to understand their role in helping to keep students and student data safe in an increasingly online learning environment.
Lightcast will provide quarterly data announcements on the size of the cyber talent needs, providing a more comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the cyber labor market. In addition, Lightcast will develop a skills-based hiring toolkit for employers to help companies implement skills-based hiring best practices in developing their cyber workforce. In addition, Lightcast is on track to get up to 900,000 unique users on the CyberSeek website this year.
(ISC)² achieved a significant milestone in its current pledge for one million individuals to receive (ISC)²’s new “Certified in Cybersecurity” certification. To date, over 265,000 people have enrolled and more than 27,000 individuals achieved this entry-level certification in less than 10 months.
In collaboration with the Consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics, Google.org has committed more than $20 million to help thousands of students receive hands-on experience in cybersecurity. This funding will support the creation and expansion of cybersecurity clinics at 20 higher education institutions across the U.S., and follows the launch of the Google Cybersecurity Certificate focused on preparing people for entry-level jobs in cybersecurity. For cyber clinics across the country, Google.org commits to providing expert Googlers as volunteers to serve as student mentors in collaboration with the Consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics and select universities. In addition to volunteers, the cyber clinics will receive access to the Google Cybersecurity Certificate, Google Titan security keys, and student mentorship opportunities from Google at no cost.
CrowdStrike will fill 300+ internship positions, fund ten $10,000 scholarships, expand upon its successful SkillBridge apprenticeship program, and continue to offer its “return-to-work” program focused on caregivers by Q1 2025. Crowdstrike is also committed to making training materials and resources more broadly accessible to help upskill users. Further, CrowdStrike continues the development of a Next Generation Leaders Program initially announced at ONCD’s roundtable on “The State of Cybersecurity in the Black Community” earlier this year, with an anticipated launch during the Spring academic semester.
Microsoft is partnering with Last Mile Education Fund, Whatcom Community College, and the American Association of Community Colleges to achieve its 2021 goal of helping skill and recruit into the cybersecurity workforce 250,000 people by 2025. To date, this effort has supported over 379 community colleges in 48 out of 50 states (nearly a third of all community colleges in the United States). This includes $1,177,000 in direct scholarship support to 2,378 students; $93,000 in additional voucher assistance; 50 faculty supported through capacity building community of practice; 28 academic/workforce professionals trained; and support over 60 cybersecurity classes in the upcoming 2023-24 school year, with content from curriculum partners CYBER.ORG and CodeHS.
SAP – the world’s largest enterprise software provider – will further its commitment to help close the cybersecurity skills gap by expanding its Global Security Early Talent program. This two-year program is designed for high-performing early career professionals, with little to no professional experience, who have a basic understanding of information technology and security topics. This builds on SAP’s ambitious digital skills initiative goal to upskill two million learners worldwide with technology skills by the end of 2025.
ConSol USA has innovated a demand-led, “ecosystem of ecosytems” model that engages under-utilized talent (such as non-degreed, veterans, women, people of color) in underserved communities, in line with the imperatives of the National Cyber Workforce and Education Strategy. ConSol USA has executed initial agreements, and is negotiating with other organizations, reaching a range of academic stakeholders including the University of Texas at San Antonio, George Washington University, and the University of California at Davis. ConSol USA is also engaged with USAA to reach military, veterans and their families. Through these efforts, ConSol USA is committed to directly hire and deploy a minimum of 11,000 cyber technologists nationally by 2027.
American University (AU) is committed to strengthening the cybersecurity workforce by continuing to expand access to hands-on cybersecurity training opportunities to all students, regardless of discipline. Through the newly launched Shahal M. Khan Institute for Cyber and Economic Security, and in collaboration with our global technology partner Cyber Range Solutions, AU is transforming cyber education by grounding technical cyber exercises in the context of national security and economic policy. In addition, AU announced its commitment to helping equip every American with foundational cyber skills.
Fortinet, as a continuation of its 2022 commitment to close the cyber skills gap, is making significant progress in deploying its information security awareness and training service which was customized for the education sector and made available at no cost to K-12 school districts and systems across the U.S. To date, this initiative has been deployed across 33 states and is available in school districts and systems covering over 250,000 K-12 faculty and staff. This initiative further contributes to Fortinet’s pledge to train 1 million people in cybersecurity by 2026.
IBM is committed to help skill 150,000 people in cybersecurity by the end of 2024. To help achieve this goal, and to contribute to a more diverse U.S. cyber workforce, IBM is partnering with 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to co-establish Cybersecurity Leadership Centers. Through these partnerships and programs, such as IBM SkillsBuild, IBM has provided more than 119,500 learners with cybersecurity training and will continue to build on its progress after reaching its goal.
UNLV has received funding from the federal government for cybersecurity education, enabling it to bring on fifty students per year as paid interns at its Free Cyber Clinic. Through this experience, students will get hands-on cyber experience from small business clients, training for the Security+ and Certified Ethical Hacker certifications plus exam fee support, and support for attending cybersecurity conferences such as DEFCON.
Western Governors University (WGU) committed to developing a skilled and robust national cybersecurity workforce. WGU currently serves almost 500 Nevada-based learners in its cybersecurity programs, and projections anticipate that they will accept and enroll over 550 additional students direct from Nevada into their cybersecurity degree programs over the next 12 months. Currently over half of the current cybersecurity student population from Nevada represents a traditionally underserved population, with a significant portion identifying as a first-generation student, and WGU is committed to continuing this trend. During the next six to nine months, WGU will make digital credential wallets available to its students to identify and showcase their skills, align its program to a variety of occupations, and support students applying for jobs with employers who are seeking skilled talent. WGU will also will continue its competency-based education approach with an emphasis on hands-on experience and problem-solving abilities.
CYBER.ORG supports the National Cyber Workforce and Education Strategy by focusing on K-12 cybersecurity education as the foundation for building success. In the next 5 years, across all 50 states, CYBER.ORG commits to: (1) develop 1,300 cybersecurity lessons, activities, competitions, games, and career resources; (2) engage with 50,000 educators and caregivers and provide cybersecurity content to teach students; (3) impact over 6 million students through teachers and caregivers; and (4) host 1,250 cybersecurity training events impacting 32,500 educators and caregivers. CYBER.ORG, , with support from school districts, the state department of education, and elected officials, will have a significant impact in the state of Nevada. Over the next year, CYBER.ORG will host or participate in three events in Nevada: DEF Con, Black Girls Hack Squad Con, and the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference.
BattleBots is announcing the creation of the Bot Builders Foundation, which will develop and lead the National BattleBots Collegiate and High School Championship. This competition will impact hundreds of students nationwide, commencing in 2024. BattleBots also affirms its special commitment to empowering the local Las Vegas community through initiatives aimed at inspiring and engaging traditionally underrepresented youth in STEM disciplines. These endeavors will include educational field trips and impactful school visits, with the intention of reaching and positively influencing the lives of over 500 students during the upcoming academic year.
Fortinet is announcing its new Security Awareness Curriculum for K-12 students to help close the cyber skills gap and develop the cyber aware workforce of the future. Resources – crafted by former educators – include a comprehensive Teacher’s Guide, and classroom resources such as videos, handouts, and lesson plans. This initiative will be available at no cost to school districts and systems across the United States beginning in the Fall of 2023. This effort will help educate students to become the cyber problem-solvers of the future and ensure they are well-equipped to safely navigate the digital world. This curriculum can help over 55 million K-12 students across the country, including more than 500,000 students in Nevada, apply cybersecurity skills at school, home, and everywhere they go.
HP is increasing its free Future of Work Academy (FOWA) for Community and Technical Colleges to nearly 100 institutions and over 500 students from across the country, including community colleges in Nevada. FOWA equips students with career readiness through an interactive symposium, an innovation incubator, and a career accelerator. In addition, students will have increased opportunities with top tech firms recruiting for full-time positions and internships.
DruvStar has committed to providing paid internships to five UNLV students a year. This internship will enable these students to receive hands-on cyber work experience and financial assistance when attending cybersecurity conferences such as DEFCON. These interns will also receive DruvStar training on common cyber-attack patterns and on Artificial Intelligence technologies.
In the 2023-24 schoolyear, NCSF plans to provide gamified cyber learning to more than 800 students in Nevada from over 65 schools. Through public private partnerships, they anticipate over 80 students will receive more than $270,000 in scholarships to get industry training and certifications from the SANS Institute. Additionally, NCSF seeks to collaborate with leaders in Las Vegas and Reno to establish a state task force in Nevada to amplify the impact of cyber education programs across the state.
ThriveDX is committed to increasing employment and training opportunities for underrepresented and underserved communities in the cybersecurity field. In partnership with BlackGirlsHack, ThriveDX has formed and launched a cybersecurity scholars program concurrently with the launch of the National Cybersecurity Workforce and Education Strategy. This ThriveDX scholars program provides 25 learners from BlackGirlsHack with full tuition scholarships to participate in for the ThriveDX Cybersecurity Professional Certificate Training Program. This includes skills-based training, wrap around services, career support, and job placement. In addition, ThriveDX is announcing that it will extend their existing collaboration with the local community of Nevada through their partnership with UNLV’s Division of Educational Outreach. ThriveDX has committed to awarding 25 additional full tuition scholarships to lifelong learners in underserved, under-resourced, and US military veteran communities in Nevada.
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