The demand for experienced cybersecurity professionals is at an all-time high. How can the Nation address the growing need for a knowledgeable and skilled cybersecurity workforce? The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is addressing this issue through its Cybersecurity Education and Awareness (CE&A) Branch.
In an effort to support a consistent nation-wide understanding of cybersecurity work, DHS co-led the development of the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework – a blueprint to describe, categorize, and organize cybersecurity work into Specialty Areas, tasks, and knowledge, skills, and abilities. By using the same language to describe cybersecurity work, government, academia, and industry alike can coordinate efforts and build the pipeline of cybersecurity workers.
To address the shortage of skilled cybersecurity workers, it’s critical for all communities to work together and coordinate cybersecurity awareness, education, training, and workforce development efforts. Current initiatives across DHS and Federal Government partners help advance the cybersecurity workforce, particularly by:
- Providing free cybersecurity curricula to K-12 educators through the Cybersecurity Education and Training Assistance Program (CETAP),
- Co-sponsoring the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) program with NSA to designate two- and four year college institutions after meeting stringent CAE criteria and mapping curricula to a core set of cyber defense knowledge units,
- Co-sponsoring the CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program which provides scholarships to college students that may fully fund the typical costs incurred by full-time students while attending a participating institution,
- Providing free training available to any government employee, regardless of skill level, through Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE),
- Offering free cybersecurity training and courses available to anyone at any level – from basic introductory to advanced certifications preparation courses through National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS),
- Helping organizations map to the NICE National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework through tools such as the Cybersecurity Workforce Development Toolkit and DHS PushButtonPD™ to create a standardized cybersecurity workforce.
Help advance your cybersecurity workforce by attending this session today!
- How to find and use CE&A awareness, education, and workforce development resources.
- How to use free cybersecurity workforce development tools provided by DHS to help build strong cybersecurity teams.
Benjamin Scribner serves as the Director of Outreach for the Cybersecurity Education and Awareness (CE&A) branch in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C). Mr. Scribner has over a decade of experience leading national cybersecurity education and awareness programs for DHS and DoD. He serves as a DHS thought leader and representative, leading engagements that grow and empower the US national cybersecurity workforce His major accomplishments include co-authoring the Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NIST SP 800-181) and leading the development of both the Federal Virtual Training Environment and the NICCS portal, which together provide over 200,000 professionals with access to more than 3,000 cybersecurity courses and save the taxpayers more than $70,000,000 annually.
Mr. Scribner holds a Master of Business Administration from the Olin School of Business and a Master of Science in Information Management from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis.