Where 5 Programs Are Investing to Close the Cyber ​​Skills Gap

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The National Cyber ​​Workforce and Education Summit highlighted a continued push to help meet an urgent demand for qualified cybersecurity professionals.

Cyberseek research shows that there are more 700,000 jobs open in cybersecurity in the United States and organizations face serious challenges in finding a diverse pool of workers. There is also increased pressure to defend against a recent increase in malicious cyber activity.

A range of government agencies, private sector companies and non-profit organizations are committed to recruiting, training and encouraging potential employees to pursue careers in cybersecurity.

Organizations are also working to better educate students in math, science, and related fields to better prepare tomorrow’s workforce.

Several key organizations have launched training, certification or education programs designed to meet the need of hundreds of thousands of new workers in the industry:

(ISC)2 push certifications

The International Information System Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)², announced the One million certified in cybersecurity program, which is designed to allow one million people to take its entry-level education program and certification exam for free.

The program will start in September and builds on the organisation’s recent UK 100K programme.

Add cybersecurity to the core of the software

The Linux Foundation earlier this year began offering free or low-cost cybersecurity training and certification in courses such as Secure Software Development, a 15-hour course divided into three modules.

Over 1,000 students have completed the course and received certification and over 10,000 have started taking the course.

Additional courses and certifications are planned for other topics, including Software BOMs, Air Gap Software Delivery, and DevSecOps.

Security Training Scholarships

Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) offers security training scholarships as part of a partnership with the SANS Institute. The scholarships are supported by Google, Bloomberg, and Meta and applications are open from July 20 to August 17.

Training for high demand areas

CompTIA and ConnectWise announced a program this week offering training, certification and employment in five high-demand technology areas:

  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Network Support Specialist
  • Cybersecurity support technician
  • Technical project coordinator
  • Data Analyst

Investment at student level

A coalition of organizations, led by cybersecurity consultancy NightDragon and nonprofit NextGen Cyber ​​Talent, launched the Coalition to Close the Cybersecurity Talent Gap.

The campaign was created to raise a total of $1 million to fund community college courses for Bay Area students pursuing careers in cybersecurity.