The US has unveiled the National Cyber Workforce and Education Strategy (NCWES), aimed at addressing immediate and long-term cyber workforce needs.
The plan seeks to transform cyber education in K-12 schools, community colleges, and technical schools, and to invest in teachers and cyber education systems. The strategy highlights the national security need to fill the hundreds of thousands of cyber job vacancies and aims to make training more accessible and affordable.
Emphasis is placed on enabling workers for good-paying, middle-class cyber jobs, and there is a focus on empowering underrepresented communities in the cyber workforce. The announcement coincides with the nomination of former NSA and CIA official Harry Coker as National Cyber Director.
Alongside the NCWES, the Biden administration also released a National Cyber Strategy that mandates regulations on critical infrastructure vendors and approves an assertive approach towards dealing with foreign adversaries.
The newly-unveiled strategy promotes a skills-based digital future and emphasizes filling vacant cyber positions. It encourages the pursuit of cyber-related career paths that may be attainable with a certificate or community college degree and highlights the vast opportunities available across the nation.
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