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Marian Merritt | 11 Nov 2014 | 0 comments

In October 2014, Symantec released its FY14 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report reflecting our deep commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, reducing our environmental impact, and investing in positive social impact around the globe. Over the next month, we will share a few CR program highlights. Today we take a look at our signature program, the Symantec Cybersecurity Career Connection (SC3).

If you speak with hiring managers at many mid-to-large sized organizations, they will tell you that cybersecurity jobs are some of the most difficult positions to fill. According to a recent cybersecurity report it is estimated that in 2014 there were one million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally. 1 And the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the information security analyst field to grow by 37 percent by 2022, which is much faster than...

Marian Merritt | 07 Oct 2014 | 0 comments

For the 11th year, this October government, non-profits, the IT industry and local communities across the United States are coming together to celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a month-long celebration sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, the National Cybersecurity Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center to bring awareness to the latest developments in cybersecurity and the importance of ensuring all stakeholders are prepared to protect themselves and their businesses against the ever changing threats of our technology-driven world.

President Obama underlies the importance of this month in his...

lora_phillips | 31 Jul 2014 | 0 comments

From Fortune to The Boston Globe to top sustainability media site Triple Pundit, over the past month, Symantec has been highlighted in various prominent media outlets and reports for our corporate responsibility programs and efforts. Below we bring you highlights of a few of these, which cover a range of issues core to our CR strategy including gender diversity, cyber security skills training, and corporate volunteering.

Fortune features launch of the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3)

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On June 24, 2014, Symantec officially launched its new signature initiative, the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3), at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Denver, CO. SC3 aims to address the global workforce gap in cybersecurity by training and certifying young adults in cybersecurity and assisting...

Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 07 Jul 2014 | 0 comments

With cyber crime on the rise and data breaches hitting an all-time high in 2013, companies need more help than ever in protecting both their own and their customers’ data, which is reflected in the estimated 300,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs advertised in the United States right now. Meanwhile, nearly 16 percent of Americans aged 18-29 are unemployed—more than twice the national rate.

Marian Merritt, Director of Cyber Education and Online Safety Programs, sat down with us recently to discuss how the new Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) will help close this talent gap.

Q. What are some of the factors perpetuating the shortage of cyber security professionals?

A lack of clarity and standardization. Historically, there haven’t been good definitions of what “cyber security” encompasses or what it takes to be successful in the field...

Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 07 Jul 2014 | 0 comments

In August of this year, the first cohort of the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) initiative will begin comprehensive cyber security training. This training will be conducted simultaneously by two non-profit organizations: NPower and Year Up.

NPower

NPower, headquartered in Brooklyn, is a nonprofit that mobilizes the tech community and provides individuals, nonprofits, and schools access and opportunity to build tech skills and achieve their potential. NPower has provided six-month technology and professional skills training programs for young adults in New York City for 12 years.

Symantec employees have been involved with NPower for several...

Symantec Corporate Responsibility | 07 Jul 2014 | 1 comment

“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 paychecks.” – Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator

The launch of a new initiative: the SC3

On June 24, 2014, Symantec officially launched its new signature initiative, the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3), at the ...

Cecily Joseph | 24 Jun 2014 | 2 comments

Today was an exciting day for Symantec, and a first for the company on multiple fronts. Standing alongside former United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Symantec Senior Vice President Aled Miles launched our signature Corporate Responsibility program - the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3)—at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Denver.

180px_Hillary_1.jpg"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," said...