CISA Awards $2M to Cybersecurity Training Programs

CISA Awards $2M to Cybersecurity Training Programs

The United States' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has awarded two organizations $2m to develop cybersecurity workforce training programs. 

Award recipients NPower and CyberWarrior will use the cash injection to bring cybersecurity training to the unemployed and to underemployed communities.

CISA announced the awards yesterday to coincide with the third week of its Cybersecurity Summit, organized on the theme, “Team Awesome: The Cyber Workforce.” The awards are the first of their kind for the agency, whose mission includes recruiting diverse cybersecurity talent and building the workforce of the future.

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

“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.”

The programs will focus on training underserved communities in urban and rural areas and seek to recruit traditionally underrepresented groups in the cybersecurity industry, such as military spouses, women, and people of color. 

“It’s not just the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do – for the mission

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