Educational Pathways to the Cybersecurity Workforce

[60 minutes] The demand for cybersecurity professionals is at an all-time high, and the future cybersecurity workforce is sitting in your classrooms today. Over the past year, there were over 300,000+ job openings in this field. How can we fill this exponentially growing work gap? DHS recognizes that this involves a long term solution, where students need to be exposed to cybersecurity concepts early on, have learning opportunities to sharpen their skills, and ultimately, pursue a cybersecurity degree by seeking further education.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) has created a project-driven, application-based curricula to support the Nation’s need for a knowledgeable and competent cybersecurity workforce. Through curricula outline in the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), students are exposed to real-world applications of STEM and cybersecurity topics.
The Cybersecurity Education and Awareness (CE&A) branch has partnered with the CIC to support this cyber-integrated curricula. This partnership has fostered other resources including cyber competitions and summer camps to help students continually build interest and aptitude in cybersecurity. Ultimately, students pursue a cybersecurity degree at a top school, designated by DHS and National Security Association (NSA). Graduates can enter the cybersecurity workforce with the required STEM and cyber-related knowledge and skills needed.
Representatives from both the CIC and CE&A office will discuss the importance of and current efforts in primary education in cybersecurity, the knowledge and skills gained in secondary education and value of industry certifications, and the push to fill government and private industry cyber positions.
Daniel will be joined by his colleague Kevin Nolten for this presentation.