This industry — which helps individuals and businesses fend off criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data — is growing so much that there will be 3.5 million unfilled positions by 2021.
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The industry — that helps individuals and businesses fend off criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data — is growing so much that there will be 3.5 million unfilled positions by 2021.
As of 2019, the
Here are some businesses and nonprofits that are working to create a pipeline for students to enter the field, diversify the cybersecurity industry and help small businesses.
"With the community that we're serving, we had to ask ourselves often not just about how we educate students, but how we give them access," Phillips said. "Some of the questions that we ask is, why should our youth have to choose between money and education? We offer them an opportunity to make money and to learn."
Support from the community is pouring in. JOURNi has received 175 laptop and computer donations, which are distributed to other organizations doing similar work. Foundations and donors help make the training programs free and accessible. They also purchased drones and robots for other programs, which are stored at the
"Pretty soon, we're going to start hosting workshops on using technology, not necessarily creating anything," Grundy said. "Making sure senior citizens understand how to use video conferencing equipment and some of the daily normal things they need to do. Helping adults add new skills to their resume. Helping youth continue to build their skillset, be able to bounce ideas off of like-minded people within a safe space, creating projects and generating income for themselves."
Many of the organization's participants have decided to major in computer science in college. When students leave the program, they will have learned about building websites and mobile applications, cybersecurity, coding and more.
"We didn't have enough people in the pipeline," Shoemaker said. "And it was, how do we inspire folks to get into this pipeline and to be more educated about the diversity that is this workforce? That it's not quite what everyone thinks. It's not just coding, engineering and comp-sci. It's a very diverse workforce."
Students in the program start off by learning how to be safe on the internet, downloading and playing games that teach internet safety, and then participating in game competitions that run nationally and internationally. Last year in the state, over 1,000 students participated in 182 teams.
The national computer science learning company iCode is set to open franchises in two locations in metro
"One of the goals of iCode is to empower future innovators," said
Subjects taught include internet safety, ethical hacking, cybersecurity, robotics, coding, 3D printing and drones. For more information, go to https://icodeschool.com.
She is now a mentor because she wants to assist young people with advice that she didn't receive. Tanzil offers one-on-one coaching, group coaching, strategic planning and speaking engagements. She also wrote a guidance book called Breaking the Cyber Code, which has descriptions of 52 cybersecurity jobs.
"I was on the right track, but I had trouble breaking into the industry because I was young at the time, and an
Another Black woman in the industry,
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"I just wanted to help people out because for me, it's easy because I work in cybersecurity," said Spicer. "But for somebody who doesn't, it's like OK, what do I do? Right now is the perfect time to do that because with COVID happening, there's so many scams trying to get personal information."
To avoid those scams, Spicer recommends keeping computer virus software on at all times and continuing to update all technology devices. She also recommends not leaving important paperwork around the house, and to protect important items in a safe.
Her business partners with an organization called Blacks in Cybersecurity, which is a group and conference created to elevate the Black community in the industry. Through the organization, Spicer can receive funding and collaborate with them for workshops.
As cybersecurity advances, the need to protect small- and medium-size businesses is growing. So downtown
The cybersecurity company focuses on protecting data for law firms, accounting firms, construction companies, marketing agencies and high tech startups in
"If you look at what's happened over the last two years, we're all being bombarded with cybersecurity issues that hit us," said Mautone. "What's transpired in the last six months is that one of these events, either in one geography or globally, triggers what we call cybersecurity Christmas. It's where hackers thrive in this fear and moment."
As many continue to work from home, there are a few things that cybersecurity firm SonicWall of
"Passwords are your first line of defense online and yet it is the first area where many fail," said
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