In this presentation, I make the case that the "time is now" for rapid national expansion of an innovative government / industry / academic collaboration to launch "Learn and Earn" dual model apprenticeships in cybersecurity education.
Dual here means that, in addition to time spent in a vocational school, this theoretical training involves relevant practical training and experience at a partnering company, with the apprentices receiving a salary as they gain work-related skills. The partnership between employers and community colleges is key to connect cybersecurity education directly to a job as a cost-effective way to address cybersecurity skills shortage and develop the next generation of readily employable cybersecurity workers. The employer involvement is critical to define competencies needed in in-demand cybersecurity professions aligned with the knowledge, skills, and abilities articulated in the NIST cybersecurity workforce framework and recognized by U.S. Department of Labor as a National Registered Apprenticeship standard for those professions. I present a case study of the employer-led Community Initiative Center of Excellence for Secure Software (CICESS) as an instantiation of the "Learn and Earn" dual model including the steps taken, the timeline and lessons learned.
Girish Seshagiri is Executive Vice President | Chief Technology Officer, Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc., a fast-growing provider of cybersecurity services to the Department of Defense and other civilian agencies of the federal government. Girish is an early adopter of the apprenticeship dual model to solve the cybersecurity skills shortage. He is a staunch advocate of creating workforce capable of developing software which is secure from cyber-attacks. Girish is currently providing the founding organizational leadership to the national roll out of the employer-driven Community Initiative Center of Excellence for Secure Software (CICESS), partnering with community colleges.
Girish has an MBA (Marketing) from Michigan State University.