CISA awards $2 million to cybersecurity programs for rural, diverse communities

CISA has announced awards of $2 million to two organizations training underserved communities in cybersecurity. 

The funding will go to NPower and CyberWarrior, two programs helping to train veterans, military spouses, women and people of color for cybersecurity positions. These are the first awards of their kind handed out by CISA. 

CISA Director Jen Easterly said addressing the cyber workforce shortage requires the agency to proactively seek out, find and foster prospective talent from nontraditional places. 

“CISA is dedicated to recruiting and training individuals from all areas and all backgrounds with the aptitude and attitude to succeed in this exciting field,” Easterly said. “It’s not just the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do — for the mission and the country. We’re best positioned to solve the cyber challenges facing our nation when we have a diverse range of thought bringing every perspective to the problem.”

The organizations are targeting communities with high unemployment as well as those who are underemployed and underserved in both rural and urban areas. 

CISA explained that they are looking to support programs that benefit communities and populations that may not have access to training programs centered around cybersecurity. 

CISA, CyberWarrior and NPower will work with them to

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