State Introduces Cyberseek Initiative
The state of Indiana has introduced an online resource to promote and support job growth in the cybersecurity sector with Cyberseek Indiana. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says it is partnering with Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program, Burning Glass Technologies and CompTIA in an effort to close the skills gap in cybersecurity.
The site offers information on supply and demand in the cybersecurity job market, along with heat maps of job locations and apprenticeships and contacts for those providing training. DWD says data on the site is aimed at employers, educators and students with the ultimate goal of filling open positions and growing the cybersecurity employment network in the state.
Executive Director of the P-CAP program Dr. Marcus Rogers says the need for skilled cybersecurity professionals is at an all-time high.
“Increasingly, U.S. companies of all sizes are being targeted for attacks, with the resultant cost to the economy in the billions of dollars. Programs like Cyberseek and P-CAP are vital components in preparing the workforce to fill the need for these cybersecurity professionals today and tomorrow,” said Rogers.
According to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, there are currently more than 20,500 cybersecurity openings in Indiana. Burning Glass Technologies Managing Director Will Markow says the cybersecurity talent shortage is a global challenge.
“No two communities have the exact same cyber workforce needs, but you can’t address those needs if you don’t know what they are. Cyberseek Indiana was developed to arm individuals, employers, and educators with the data and tools necessary to prepare for the unique blend of cybersecurity jobs and skills required in every community across Indiana,” said Markow.
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