Looking ahead to 2017, we simply need more skilled and passionate cybersecurity professionals. We need leaders that will seek out new ways to succeed and openly collaborate with the community. Current IT professionals of all backgrounds are interested in crossing over to cybersecurity, but need help, the right skills, certifications and education. Our youth offer a unique view as a result of their life-long immersion in technology and can contribute towards the future of cybersecurity, if offered the right tools, education and training.
Give your time or a donation to worthy organizations.
There are opportunities to give back with organizations focused on motivating and preparing women and girls to enter the cybersecurity field, such as the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu, Girls Who Code, and STEM for HER. Or, perhaps consider wounded warrior related organizations such as Wounded Warrior Cyber Combat Academy. Prefer an organization with a global focus, try (ISC)2 Foundation - they help to educate and certify cybersecurity professionals around the world.
The reality is that the best way to expand the cybersecurity workforce is to enable affordable education and training to a wider group of professionals. On average, cybersecurity professionals take years to acquire skills needed to protect networks. The lucky individuals are trained on-the-job or provided financial assistance by employers willing to pay for specialized training. There are MANY others that need our help...your help!
As the new year approaches, Katzcy wants to say “Thank you” to the amazing organizations that dedicate their time helping to empower people and make the cyber world and our nation a safer place and has created a “Giving Page” to help you access them this holiday season.
Please stop by the page and consider donating to one of these great organization today!