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CHIPS Articles: Join National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week

Join National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week
Inspiring and promoting awareness and exploration of cybersecurity careers
By CHIPS Magazine - October 31, 2019
SAVE THE DATE: National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, November 11-16, 2019

National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, brought to you by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), is an opportunity for government, business, education, community organizations, students, and workers to encourage, educate, and engage citizens by drawing attention to the exciting fields awaiting them in a cybersecurity career.

The weeklong campaign, Nov. 11-16, provides an opportunity to learn about the contributions and innovations of cybersecurity practitioners, and the many job opportunities individuals can find when exploring cybersecurity as a career choice.

Facts about careers in cybersecurity:

  • There are 52 different work roles in cybersecurity, according to the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.
  • There are more than 300,000 total cybersecurity job openings and over 700,000 total employed cybersecurity workers, according to CyberSeek.
  • The most commonly used cybersecurity skills are network monitoring, security analysis, and security administration.
  • The top three industries for cybersecurity job openings are: (1) professional services; (2) finance and insurance; and (3) manufacturing and defense.
  • Entry-level positions start as high as $78,000 on average and are said to be increasing due to the few qualified applicants and the mass number of employers looking to fill these positions according to CyberSeek.

The cybersecurity labor shortage is due, in part, to a lack of awareness of the many cybersecurity career opportunities available throughout the U.S. Growing a robust knowledgeable and skilled cybersecurity workforce, to ensure U.S. economic prosperity and national security, is dependent on raising awareness and increasing interest in cybersecurity fields.

Help to promote and inspire others to become aware of the great opportunities in cybersecurity by getting involved:

Host an event in your community…
National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week is your chance to host events that showcase your organization's leadership in cybersecurity.
-- Sign up: Let NICE know you are hosting an event so they can help spread the word.
-- Get Started: Download materials to help with your event.

Spread the word: During your event post to Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms using #cybercareerweek and #mycyberjob. Show and tell everyone why you like your cybersecurity job and how you are promoting careers in cybersecurity in your community or organization.

Ask a question or share an idea: Throughout the week, many aspiring cybersecurity workers, current cybersecurity workers, businesses, and government leaders will be watching the #cybercareerweek and #mycyberjob hashtags and will be able to answer your questions. Have an answer yourself? Don’t be shy about participating!

Each day throughout the week NICE will be lifting up different stories of how cybersecurity work impacts the lives of Americans @NISTcyber. Help keep the conversation interesting by using #mycyberjob and #cybercareerweek to promote and inspire multiple stakeholders to pursue careers in cybersecurity.

Last year’s event included more than 200 engagements directly impacting over 7,500 people, in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Activities were also held in Bengaluru, Karnataka-India and Halifax, Nova Scotia-Canada. For an overview of 2018 activities, read the full 2018 National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Wrap-Up Report.

For more information, please visit:

National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week is led by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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