Moving into Cybersecurity

Whether you are a college student, mid-career, technical or non-technical there is a job in cybersecurity for you.  There were over a million open positions in 2016 and demand is growing.  Below are a number of resources, including your suggestions, that can be used to gain the skills needed to move into a cybersecurity career:



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  • NICE  – Sign up for the free Webinars.  The latest in Cybersecurity Education is described.

“It is not easy to break into or be successful… Success stories all revolve around extreme passion.”  – Suzi Wokabi


How to Get into Cybersecurity

I came up with the following diagram to show how to get into Cybersecurity.  I’ve linked to youtube video, but there are also free courses available on edx and other sites.

Moving into Cybersecurity

Moving into Cybersecurity


This is an excellent article on moving into cybersecurity.  “Several studies have assessed the growing shortage of cybersecurity workers. According to Cyber Seek, a project supported by a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, the current U.S. shortage is around 300,000. Studies estimate that number increasing to between one and two million by 2022.”  To read more go to:




Cybersecurity Scholarships

(ISC)² Foundation Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarship

Click here to apply for the scholarship:

Raytheon Women Cybersecurity Scholarship Applicants: click here to apply


$10 Million in Cisco Global Cybersecurity Scholarships!


To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must meet these qualifications:


  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be proficient in English

Basic technical competency (possess one or more of the following):

  • Cisco certification (Cisco CCENT certification or higher)
  • Relevant industry certification [(ISC)2, CompTIA Security+, EC-Council, GIAC, ISACA]
  • Cisco Networking Academy letter of completion (CCNA 1 and CCNA 2)
  • Windows expertise: Microsoft (Microsoft Specialist, MCSA, MCSE), CompTIA (A+, Network+, Server+)
  • Linux expertise: CompTIA (Linux+), Linux Professional Institute (LPI) certification, Linux Foundation (LFCS, LFCE), Red Hat (RHCSA, RHCE, RHCA), Oracle Linux (OCA, OCP)

Candidate acknowledgment:

  • Planning a career in IT cybersecurity
  • Prepared to complete training in three months
  • Willing to share a success story

Click here for more information:

Career in Cybersecurity

Here is a great video series put together about breaking into a cybersecurity career. Currently there is a severe labor shortage in Cybersecurity.  There were 1 million job openings in 2016 and is expected to grow to 6 million by 2019.  Below is a Video Series on Cybersecurity created by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.


Registered Cybersecurity Apprenticeship

Registered Cybersecurity Apprenticeship (NICE – National Initiative Cybersecurity Education)
• Earn College Credit
• Get paid while learning
• GI Bill – Veteran can get paid from VA and apprenticeship
• Individual makes $300,000 more over career after doing an apprenticeship
• 2,000 hours minimum over 12-18 months and 140 training hours per year
• Will receive with cybersecurity certification (CompTIA A+)
• Currently High School/College model (12-18 months)(CompTIA)
• Moving toward mid-career model (24-36 months)(CompTIA Security+)

A recording of the webinar can be found here.

The slides used during the presentation can be found here.


Interested in the Program?

You need to contact your local state’s agency that handles registered apprenticeships.  I’ve started compiling a list of states below.  Of course, if your state isn’t listed then you can google and search.

California San Diego area:

Arizona: Arizona Department of Economic Security

Illinois: Illinois Department of Economic Security         

Strategy for Illinois Veterans:


NC -Wake County:

For More information about Registered Apprenticeship:



Federal Resource Paybook:

Strategy for Employers:

Strategy for Community Colleges: