The cybersecurity field is suffering from a severe shortage in talent, with an estimated 285,681 job openings today according to CyberSeek – an interactive cybersecurity jobs heat map funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the U.S. Department of Commerce. The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by NIST, is strategically focused to convene a national effort to address this shortage for both the public and private sectors. One strategic goal of NICE is to Accelerate Learning and Skills Development. Apprenticeships in cybersecurity are a welcome approach to help more people gain the knowledge and hands-on skills needed to be successful in cybersecurity roles, even without a formal college or university education.
NICE Lead for Industry Engagement, Marian Merritt, shares more information about cybersecurity apprenticeships and provides an example on how they are being used successfully on the U.S. Department of Commerce blog at