To protect against evolving cyber threats and meet the growing technological needs of government and industry, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is highlighting the importance of cyber education and workforce development. As the lead agency responsible for protecting federal civilian networks, DHS works closely with its partners in the private sector and federal, state and local governments to educate and engage the next generation of cyber professionals.
DHS remains committed to building and sustaining a world-class cybersecurity team by hiring and retaining a diverse workforce with experience in information technology, computer science, network and computer engineering, information assurance, and program management through the Cybersecurity Workforce Initiative.
In addition, through the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education DHS works with universities to attract top talent through competitive scholarship, fellowship, and internship programs. Other DHS cybersecurity education and workforce initiatives include:
- National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAEs): Certification of more than 125 institutions nationwide as National Centers for Academic Excellence to teach students valuable technical skills in various disciplines of Information Assurance
- Cybersecurity Lesson Plans: At the K-12 level, DHS has partnered with USA Today to provide lesson plans about the importance of prevention of cyber crimes at home and in the classroom
- IT Security Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK): The National Cyber Security Division developed the EBK to establish a national baseline of the essential knowledge and skills that IT security practitioners in the public and private sector should have to perform specific roles and responsibilities
Cybersecurity is really about people. That’s why DHS continues to promote educational programs for those who are already working in cybersecurity as well as those who are still in school. We have made it a priority to provide those on the frontlines with the information, tools and resources necessary to reduce the cyber risk to our nation.