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:
(ISC)² Foundation Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarship
Click here to apply for the scholarship: https://iamcybersafe.org/scholarships/womens-scholarships/
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)
- Planning a career in IT cybersecurity
- Prepared to complete training in three months
- Willing to share a success story
Click here for more information: https://mkto.cisco.com/security-scholarship
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.
Cyber Seek’s Cybersecurity Career Pathway is a great interactive tool that can help you plan transitions in your cybersecurity career.
SANS’ Security Training Career Roadmap is useful for planning your education.
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: https://ccap-coastline.org/apprentices/
Arizona: Arizona Department of Economic Security
Illinois: Illinois Department of Economic Security
Strategy for Illinois Veterans: www.illinois.gov/veterans/benefits/pages/education.aspx
NC -Wake County: http://www.waketech.edu/programs-courses/non-credit/about-workforce-continuing-education/financial-resources/techhire-grant
For More information about Registered Apprenticeship:
Federal Resource Paybook: https://www.doleta.gov/oa/federalresources/playbook.pdf
Strategy for Employers: http://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/toolkit/index.htm
Strategy for Community Colleges: www.doleta.gov/oa/racc.cfm
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:
Networking or Mentoring Communities
“It is not easy to break into or be successful… Success stories all revolve around extreme passion.” – Suzi Wokabi