Cybersecurity is a top priority these days for consumers and businesses alike. Each year we lose billions of dollars’ worth of intellectual property, resulting in job losses and damages to our economy.
There are an estimated 300,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. according to Symantec. In the October/November issue of Homeland Security Today, an article by Ashley Bennet states, “A shortage of cybersecurity professionals has put the United States in a precarious position as organizations in both the public and private sectors face ongoing threats.” It is imperative, therefore, that we get trained professionals into security-related IT positions as soon as possible.
In a November 24th press release, DHS announced the continuance of its Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative. Started in April 2013, the program is geared towards college students currently pursuing a program of study in a cybersecurity-related field. Selected students learn about the DHS cybersecurity mission, complete hands-on cybersecurity work, and build technical experience 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.
DHS expects to place more than 75 student volunteers at more than 50 DHS offices in 2015. Students selected for the current cohort will complete assignments at one of the following organizations:
- Office of the Chief Information Officer
- Office of Intelligence and Analysis
- National Protection and Programs Directorate
- Transportation Security Administration
- S. Coast Guard
- S. Customs and Border Protection
- S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- S. Secret Service
Applications for the 2015 Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative are currently being accepted. Please visit the job opportunity announcement on USAJOBS for more information about the application and selection process.
For more details on the Cyber Student Initiative, read the full DHS Press Release.