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CHIPS Articles: CISA, DoD, VA Collaborate on Cyber Career Pathways Tool

CISA, DoD, VA Collaborate on Cyber Career Pathways Tool
By CHIPS Magazine - August 6, 2020
The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Defense, and Department of Veteran Affairs announce a new tool to help identify, build, and navigate potential cybersecurity career pathways.

The Cyber Career Pathways Tool is the new interactive tool for career exploration. The tool is designed for individuals looking to start a career in cybersecurity, considering a change within the cyber field, college students, managers, and workforce development specialists interested in the cyber ecosystem, according to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) announcement.

The Cyber Career Pathways Tool allows users to explore the cyber workforce through the lens of cyber communities, expand their knowledge of the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework work roles through core knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs), and compare related work roles to gain a better understanding of how to obtain the skills needed to transition from one work role to another and advance a career in the cyber profession.

The Cyber Career Pathways Tool depicts the cyber workforce as five distinct, yet complementary, skill communities. It also highlights core attributes among each of the 52 work roles and offers actionable insights for employers, professionals, and individuals considering a career in cyber.

You can find Cyber Career Pathways Tool on CISA’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) website. NICCS is an online resource for cybersecurity training that connects government employees, students, educators, and industry with cybersecurity training providers throughout the U.S. It connects the public with information on cybersecurity awareness, degree programs, training, careers, and talent management. As of February 2020, the Training Catalog connects the public to over 5,000 courses every day, according to the NICCS website.

Experts predict there will be a global shortage of 1.8 million cybersecurity professionals by 2022 to fill those critical positions. As technology advances, the United States must develop a workforce of effective cybersecurity professionals. The substantial investment made by the U.S., in programs like NICCS, helps citizens find the education and training they need to advance their careers and close the skill gaps in the cybersecurity workforce.

The courses in the training catalog are cybersecurity-focused and delivered by accredited universities, National Centers of Academic Excellence, federal agencies, and other training providers. Each course is mapped to the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, the foundation of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) effort to standardize positions and competency in the cybersecurity field.

The Cyber Career Pathways Tool is intended to be used in conjunction with other tools and resources on the NICCS website for current and future cybersecurity professionals, CISA explained. It was created and is maintained in partnership with the Interagency Federal Cyber Career Pathways Working Group, led by CISA, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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