October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM is an opportunity to raise awareness about the growing importance of cybersecurity and equip the American public with tools and resources to protect themselves online. Each week is dedicated to a different cybersecurity topic. NICCS directly supports the week four theme, “The Internet Wants YOU: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity.”
Cybersecurity has emerged as one of the leading creators of jobs, with opportunities for careers in nearly every industry. A study by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education estimates there will be a worldwide shortage of 1.8 million cybersecurity workers by 2022, which is why it’s critical that more Americans be encouraged to pursue careers in this field.
Cybersecurity professionals play an important role in United States national security. Cyber attacks from hackers, organized criminals, or state actors jeopardize the safety of Americans and put our country at risk. To combat these rising threats, our Nation needs a strong, educated, and dedicated cybersecurity workforce to secure our nation’s cyberspace and protect our government, our companies, and our citizens.
NICCS and the Department of Homeland Security promote several cybersecurity education and training programs. The following programs focus on gaining interest from students (of all ages) and professionals seeking a career change:
- The Cyber Innovation Center offers STEM and cybersecurity-related curricula for K-12 teachers to integrate into their classrooms
- DHS and the National Security Agency designates two- and four-year not-for-profit colleges and universities as part of the National Centers for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.
- The CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service provides scholarships to students studying cybersecurity at selected institutions in exchange for government service, post-graduation.
The cybersecurity workforce also needs current professionals to stay within the industry and grow their skills.
- The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies Training Catalog (NICCS) provides a training catalog of 3,000+ cybersecurity courses for those pursuing cybersecurity studies or careers.
- The Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) offers free, on-demand access to cybersecurity training for government employees and veterans.
Join us in advancing a strong cybersecurity workforce during National Cyber Security Awareness Month by raising awareness about cybersecurity education and careers. Learn more at dhs.gov/ncsam or dhs.gov/StopThinkConnect.