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CHIPS Articles: NIST Announces National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week Nov. 13-18, 2017

NIST Announces National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week Nov. 13-18, 2017
A national cybersecurity workforce enhances America’s security and promotes economic prosperity
By CHIPS Magazine - October 3, 2017
The National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, sponsored by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity (NICE), is a celebration to spark local, regional and national interest that inspires, educates and engages children through adults to pursue careers in cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week takes place during November’s National Career Development Month, and each day of the week-long celebration provides information about the contributions, innovations and opportunities that can be found by choosing cybersecurity as a field of study or career choice, according to a NIST release.

During the week, learners of all ages, educators, parents, employers and the community will participate in national recognition of 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.

Activities and initiatives during the week are intended to build awareness of the broad array of career opportunities available to students and adults across the federal, state and local government as well as in industry and the Defense Department.

NIST listed the objectives for sponsoring a National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week:

  • Create excitement around increasing public awareness and engagement in building a strong cybersecurity workforce.
  • Emphasize the demand and opportunities in the field of cybersecurity.
  • Increase awareness around the multiple career options within the field of cybersecurity.
  • Highlight the numerous pathways to enter the cybersecurity career field.
  • Showcase programs that increase participation of women, minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented populations in the cybersecurity workforce.
  • Advance the NICE Strategic Plan objective to inspire cybersecurity career awareness in students.
    • The 2017 events have been organized around the four pillars of the K-12 Cybersecurity Education Implementation Plan; however, NIST encourages all government and industry stakeholders to engage in the week-long celebration. View the scheduled activities for students here.

      NIST offers the following recruiting suggestions for national cybersecurity careers among adult audiences:

      • Use social media! Post a daily “what’s cool about my cybersecurity job” or “what I do in cybersecurity” on Facebook, your blog, or tweet about the National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week. Be sure to check out the National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week official website.
      • Create traveling displays or interactive exhibits about careers in cybersecurity and present them at local schools, community centers and events, libraries, shopping malls and other public spaces.
      • Coordinate a lecture or series of lectures about Careers in Cybersecurity. Consider choosing a theme for your lecture series and organize several talks on related topics.
      • Broaden the reach of your lecture or panel discussion by streaming it live on your website, or hold a webinar instead of a “live” event to draw a larger audience outside of your geographic area.
      • Organize a career fair. Invite local cybersecurity industry, government and higher education institutions to staff exhibit booths and distribute materials.
      • If your organization or business is a cybersecurity facility or hosts cybersecurity professionals, host tours or an open house for the public to learn about the field of cybersecurity.
      • Coordinate a lecture, speaker session, workshop or activity for schoolteachers on careers in cybersecurity.
      • Set up a cybersecurity display or coordinate a lecture, speaker session, workshop or activity in your local public library.
      • Organize a film festival featuring movies about cybersecurity. Begin each film with a brief lecture or follow it with a Q&A session with a cybersecurity professional on the subject addressed in the film.
      • Invite your local media representatives to a “careers in cybersecurity briefing” highlighting how cybersecurity impacts your organization and the growing need for cybersecurity professionals.
      • Contact your local radio and television stations to incorporate a careers in cybersecurity segment into their programming schedule during National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week. Volunteer your organization as a resource for speakers, topics and content.
      • Run a series of interviews on your website, social media or in your newsletter with cybersecurity professionals from your organization. Record portions of the interviews and post them on your website or YouTube channel.
      • Partner with a science museum to present exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities about the field of cybersecurity.
      • Develop your own or team up with a local cybersecurity organization or higher education institution to create opportunities for your own employees to raise awareness about cybersecurity careers and cybersecurity skill sets.
      • Volunteer to assist, present or coach a cybersecurity competition team.
      • Start a cybersecurity club or meet-up for aspiring cybersecurity professionals or sponsor cybersecurity competition teams.

      NIST offers a toolkit to promote National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week on its website. Visit the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (AKA the NICE Framework) website for additional resources.

Use social media! NIST example of a daily “what’s cool about my cybersecurity job” or “what I do in cybersecurity” to post on Facebook or your blog, or tweet about the National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week.
Use social media! NIST example of a daily “what’s cool about my cybersecurity job” or “what I do in cybersecurity” to post on Facebook or your blog, or tweet about the National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week.
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