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What is Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week?

Goals | Objectives Key MessagingCall for Commitments | Get Involved | Planning Committee

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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 global society and showcase how building a global workforce enhances each nation’s 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 Society 
    • 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 and the cybersecurity workforce makes a difference in our world.
    Building a national cybersecurity workforce enhances national security and promotes economic prosperity.

 CALL FOR COMMITMENTS

CCAW 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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2021 Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week Planning Committee Members

Oscar Aliaga
University of South Florida

Corinne Araza
Grand Canyon University

James Baker
Arrow Electronics

Susana  Barraza
National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)

Laurin Buchanan
Secure Decisions

Jill Curcio
National Security Agency

Tim Desir
Student, Montgomery College

Dillon Donahue
CyberNB

Mari Galloway
Women's Society of Cyberjutsu

Chuck Gardner
CYBER.org

Ashley Greeley
National Security Agency

Carol Hodes
National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI)

Thomas Kaczmarek
Marquette University

Maureen Lawrence
Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Shin Yi Lim
Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA)

Heather MacLean
Public Safety Canada

Grant Nicholson
Australian Public Service Commission (APSC)
Kevin Nolten
CYBER.org
Matt Pronio
Nepris
Davina Pruitt-Mentle
National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)
David Raymond
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Danielle Santos
National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)
Frauke Steinmeier
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
Paula Todd
INCLUDES
Jess Walden-Gray
CyberUp

Taly Walsh
National Cyber League (NCL)

 

 

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Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week Toolkit
Click here for more resources!

Created September 11, 2019, Updated September 23, 2021