Although current estimates put the number of cybersecurity job openings at nearly one million globally, the number of cybersecurity professionals with the skills necessary to fill those positions is not keeping up with the demand. Consequently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working to close the cybersecurity talent gap by implementing programs to provide young people with training and experience in cyber-related fields.
Most recently, DHS has announced the launch of the 2016 Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative for current undergraduate and graduate students. Beginning this spring, 50 selected students will complete volunteer assignments supporting the DHS cyber mission at department field offices in over 40 locations across the country.
Students will learn about the DHS cybersecurity mission by completing hands-on work in key areas such as digital forensics, network diagnostics, and incident response. Additionally, students participate in mentoring and professional development activities with DHS managers and senior leaders from across components.
“The Department is committed to expanding our cybersecurity workforce and developing future professionals,” DHS said in a statement. “In support of this goal, the selected students will gain invaluable experience while supporting activities such as cyber threat analysis, digital forensics, network diagnostics and incident response, while participating in mentoring and professional development events with DHS managers and senior leaders.”
Students selected for the current cohort will complete assignments at one of the following organizations: Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Management Directorate/Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Office of Policy/Cyber, Infrastructure and Resilience Policy, Transportation Security Administration, and United States Coast Guard.
Students can apply to participate in the program by visiting USAJOBS.