October: Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021: Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart
Oct 18-23 – Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week
The annual Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, brought to you by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity (NICE), celebrates how cybersecurity plays a vital role in global society and showcase how building a global workforce enhances each nation’s security and promotes economic prosperity. The Week engages citizens by encouraging them to host or attend an event, access resources on how to get into cybersecurity, engage and inspire students to test drive a career in cybersecurity, and more!
The topics of digital security, online safety, media literacy, and technology fluency all differ but merge in important and meaningful ways. Digital citizenship refers to the responsible use of technology by anyone who uses computers, the Internet, and digital devices to engage with society on any level. During Digital Citizenship Week we are reminded of the importance of staying safe online for all age groups. This webinar will explore digital citizenship as a competency that all citizens and workers need to ensure they are behaving responsibly, ethically, and legally and the importance of evaluating online information and resources for reliability and validity.
You don’t need a “traditional” background in technology to have a career in cybersecurity or privacy. Both are complex, the problems are large, and the solutions require contributions from a workforce with a diverse set of skills and experiences.
During this fireside chat in recognition of Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week and Cybersecurity Awareness Month, attendees will meet four cybersecurity and privacy professionals who work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and who have vastly different training and career pathways, including from the fields of: psychology, English, education, and computer science. We’ll explore how they got into the field, the challenges and rewards, advice for a successful career in cybersecurity and privacy, and much more.
A skilled and knowledgeable workforce is a critical pillar of an effective privacy program, but demand is outpacing supply. In May 2021, NIST launched the Privacy Workforce Public Working Group (PWWG) with hundreds of experts from around the world collaborating to create task, knowledge, and skill statements aligned with the NIST Privacy Framework and NICE Framework to support the development and recruitment of a workforce capable of managing privacy risk. Join NIST for a roundtable discussion to learn about this collective effort and provide input.
Federal agencies can use apprenticeship as part of their overall human resources strategy to build a custom pipeline of highly-skilled talent. There are over 150 apprenticeship programs across the federal government that enroll nearly 1,500 apprentices spanning healthcare, financial services, transportation, and skilled trades occupations, yet thus far no programs for cybersecurity work roles. Why is now the time to experiment with cybersecurity apprenticeships? What would it take to build a such a program? What are the barriers to overcome? How can we make progress as a community? These questions, and more, will be addressed by an expert panel with diverse insights and perspectives.