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Hillary Clinton and Symantec Announce Launch Of SC3 Program

Created: 25 Jun 2014 • Updated: 08 Jul 2014 • 1 comment
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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).

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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:

  1. Raise awareness and recruit underserved populations into long-term cybersecurity careers.
  2. Offer an industry-recognized training program—implemented through a network of partners—that prepares underserved populations for in-demand certifications.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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  This is a great initiative and more corporations in the US and internationally can prosper from secure informationally aware persons. The industries from twenty years ago have always enlisted the younger generation as interns and researchers for adaption to current technologies.  All persons of great knowledge have mentors and advisors, in example Moses, Abraham, presidents, clergy, rabbis, students, scientists, and professionally licensed technicians all benefit from great advisors.   

  Many people do not realize that children are getting involved earlier in technology with the smart devices that are predominating our lives. People can think of many attributes in life and technology seems to be addressing how we share our culture, thoughts and processes. Children and adults are always trying new ideas after exposure from an initial experience. The companies that need new ideas often look at artists, inventors, social groups and their issues, environmental causes, politics, explorations and then provide the tools to track, review and invent the structure of innovation.

   Commercial ideas in this information age with media being dominate, seem to tempt those who control access portals to benefit greatly. It seems controlling access and security are partners in a deadly game, the premise of those that manipulate and scheme for greed, maliciousness and envy, seems to desire to attack the information presented to the masses. The cyber secure person uses secure methods when sharing media and information; the security processes used by portals are supposed to be dynamic as attackers are reviewing all data publicly and privately. Authentication, reliability, and process controls are three components that cyber secure persons should be providing for data driven societies; for example, in an under industrialized communitie, information can be altered from personal exchanges which reduces reliability. The groups which are not informed of current and future events, do not participate well in structured planning for improvement within their social groups and environments. Information is pivotal for society to decide on the future events. 

  We want more young people from all walks of life to look at cyber positions due to the vast amounts of information we use as a global community; statistically secure data is often used to perform daily and future activities. Companies review the yearly results and create living security policies that monitor trade agreements, laws, politics and commerce, so the information is untampered for measuring results and statistics. 

  I hope this agenda will gain a strong following and Symantec can provide a path for all persons from all social levels and backgrounds to work with Madame Secretary/Senator Clinton. We hope for the world to be more informationally secure and adaptive. This can be more than an employment agenda, it may turn out to enhance careers in all fields, and provide good results for the benefit of humanity and all species worldwide. 

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