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Executive Order 13800: Growing and Sustaining the Cybersecurity Workforce

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On May 11, 2017, the President of the United States issued the Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. In part, the order states that it is the policy of the United States “to support the growth and sustainment of a workforce that is skilled in cybersecurity and related fields as the foundation for achieving our objectives in cyberspace.”  Consequently, the Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Homeland Security are directed to:
1) “assess the scope and sufficiency of efforts to educate and train the American cybersecurity workforce of the future, including cybersecurity-related education curricula, training, and apprenticeship programs, from primary through higher education”; and,
2) “provide a report to the President with findings and recommendations regarding how to support the growth and sustainment of the Nation's cybersecurity workforce in both the public and private sectors.”  


With the active involvement of more than a dozen federal departments agencies, and with public input, the Commerce and Homeland Security Secretaries submitted a report to the President, Supporting the Growth and Sustainment of the Nation's Cybersecurity Workforce. A full list of federal contributors and details about private sector input is included in the report.

 Key findings and recommendations from that report are available here.




Created May 24, 2017, Updated August 18, 2022