Yesterday, at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Denver, United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, along with Symantec Senior Vice President, Aled Miles, launched our signature Corporate Responsibility program - the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3).
Over the course of 12 months, Symantec worked with a variety of expert stakeholders, including FSG Social Impact Consultants, a steering committee made up of senior executives from a broad array of key Symantec functions (ranging from Government Affairs to Human Resources to our CTO), as well as incorporated feedback from interviews with 36 internal and 31 external stakeholders.
The multi-stage program will help increase the number and caliber of graduates in cyber careers. SC3 is designed to:
- Raise awareness and recruit underserved populations into long-term cybersecurity careers.
- Offer an industry-recognized training program—implemented through a network of partners—that prepares underserved populations for in-demand certifications.
- Following the training, partners will place students in cybersecurity internships to teach and develop needed on-the-job skills. Students have the opportunity to learn countless roles from being a support technician to being a network defense technician.
- Training partners will connect program graduates to cybersecurity positions through Symantec’s network of customers and partners.
The program will also include specialized tracks developed by Symantec in cybersecurity as well as virtual mentorship from industry leaders.
Secretary Clinton said: "This has been a priority for us because six years after the financial crash, many young people are still struggling. In fact, one of the most terrifying statistics is that nearly six million young Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 are out of school and out of work, and for those who don't get a college education or even high school, most doors just won't open no matter how hard they knock. We want to get to work and it's one of the highest priorities for CGI America and I'm delighted that there is so much interest because ultimately it's about more than pay checks."
To read more about the program, please visit Symantec’s Corporate Responsibility in Action blog: http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/hillary-clinton-launches-symantec-cyber-career-connection-clinton-global-initiative-america-me
Cecily Joseph is Symantec’s Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer.