Microsoft, Mastercard and Workday has announced a solution called the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative. This is being backed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services along with ten other federal agencies.
Cybersecurity professionals face a fast growing problem: burnout. Society depends on our cybersecurity professionals to handle our public safety issues but burnout is causing a great shortage of talent in that field. According to ESG research, 51 percent of organizations report having a “problematic shortage” of cybersecurity skills in 2018. Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Ann Johnson, said last month at the RSA 2019 Conference that the shortage will only get worse, resulting in as many as 3 million InfoSec jobs being open.
How the initiative will work is that they will choose from student applications working toward undergraduate or graduate degrees in the following related fields: cybersecurity, computer science, engineering, information systems or mathematics. Upon being chosen, the student can receive up to $75,000 in loan assistance to join the workforce and be guaranteed a position at a federal agency for two years.
The application is already out and will be closed on October 18, 2019. We can expect job placements to start in the summer of 2020.
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