The Cyber Workforce: the Next Generation of IT Leaders and New Online Security Training


New Online Security TrainingDid you know that the Department of Homeland Security has created a number of scholarship, fellowship, and internship programs to attract top talent? During the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, DHS has unveiled more details about the interesting work it performs with universities. Some of the innovative programs include the following:

  • National Centers of Academic Excellence: Certification of more than 125 institutions nationwide as National Centers for Academic Excellence to teach students valuable technical skills in various disciplines of information assurance.
  • Cybersecurity Lesson Plans: DHS provides lesson plans about the importance of preventing cyber crimes at home and in the classroom.
  • IT Security Essential Body of Knowledge: This establishes a national baseline of the essential knowledge and skills that IT security practitioners in the public and private sector should have to perform specific roles and responsibilities.
  • Cybersecurity Internship Program: This offers undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to help in the analysis of malicious code, forensics analysis, incident handling, intrusion detection and prevention, and software assurance.
  • National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies: An online resource for cybersecurity career, education, and training information.

As a company that makes it a priority to inform and share online privacy news with consumers and concerned citizens, we applaud all of the above security initiatives. They help keep security an important topic, and they equip the next generation with the information, tools, and resources necessary to reduce the threats of cybercrime to our nation.


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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.