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What is Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week?

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Inspiring and promoting awareness & exploration of cybersecurity careers.

Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week is a week-long campaign to call attention to the contributions to society and innovations that cybersecurity practitioners make.

It is a time to build awareness about the wide range of cybersecurity job opportunities, how cybersecurity plays a vital role in the lives of Americans, and how building a national cybersecurity workforce enhances America’s national security and promotes economic prosperity.

Download an overview of Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week for more details and additional ideas of how to support the week-long campaign

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Goals 

  • Inspire, Engage, and Inform the Nation 
    • Inspire, engage, and inform the public about the demand, opportunities, and multiple career options available within the area of cybersecurity.
  • Demystify Careers in Cybersecurity
    • Raise awareness about pathways to prepare a highly skilled and diverse workforce for careers in cybersecurity to include expansion of knowledge and application of the NICE Framework.
  • Develop a Highly Skilled and Diverse Workforce
    • Support successful programs and showcase effective resources, especially those that increase participation of women, minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented populations.

OBJECTIVES

  • Raise public awareness and increase engagement in building a strong cybersecurity workforce.

  • Emphasize the demand and opportunities in cybersecurity.

  • Increase awareness around the multiple career options within the field of cybersecurity.

  • Highlight the multiple pathways to enter the cybersecurity career field.

  • Showcase resources and programs, including those that increase participation of women, minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented populations in the cybersecurity workforce.

Key Messaging

  • Cybersecurity has something for everyone! Skills are needed from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Cybersecurity is a dynamic field so you will never be bored. Cybersecurity evolves quickly so you will always be learning and developing new skills.
  • There is a high demand for a talented cybersecurity workforce. The Department of Labor predicts that IT and cybersecurity will be among the fastest growing and best paying jobs over the next decade
  • Cybersecurity plays a vital role in the lives of all Americans and the cybersecurity workforce makes a difference in our world. Building a national cybersecurity workforce enhances America’s national security and promotes economic prosperity.

 CALL FOR COMMITMENTS

NCCAW Call for Commitments

We invite you to join us in observing Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, an effort to inspire, educate, and engage children through adults to pursue careers in cybersecurity. Commitments come in all sizes and don’t always require financial investment. You can host an event, distribute career awareness materials, or engage through social media. Be creative!

Make a Commitment

Get Involved

There are many ways to participate in the Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week movement. Examples include:

 

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Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week Toolkit
Click here for more resources!

Created September 11, 2019, Updated April 16, 2021