Cyber Career Connection
The need for cybersecurity professionals in the United States is greater than ever. Our ability to enjoy the personal and business benefits of a connected world is threatened daily by rising data breaches
that target organizations of all sizes – a trend that’s sure to continue as time goes on. An estimated 300,000
open cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. cannot be filled despite evidence that 20 percent of those positions could be filled by candidates without a four year college degree. Additionally, the youth unemployment rate for ages 18-24 has reached 15 percent
, or double the national adult average, while women and minorities are under-represented in cybersecurity roles.
The Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3), launched in June by Secretary Hillary Clinton at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative America meeting, aims to help bridge this gap. Starting as a pilot program, SC3’s objective is to attract, educate and train underserved young adults (ages 18-29) to enter the exciting and in-demand field of cybersecurity. With leading educational and workforce development non-profits Year Up
as partners, SC3 aims to help close the hiring gap in cybersecurity. The program provides a mix of classroom education and soft skills development, followed by on-the-job experience during cybersecurity internships with some of America’s leading employers. After completion of the internship phase of their program, the students then apply for full-time entry level positions in cybersecurity. The pilot program was launched in three cities: San Francisco, CA; Baltimore, MD and New York, NY.
"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." –Secretary Hillary Clinton
Symantec is committed to making it possible for people to enjoy the full benefits of the connected world while helping resolve a profound social issue of under-employment. Our heritage as a leader in cybersecurity makes us the ideal company to address the cybersecurity hiring gap and support underserved young adults as they gain the skills and experience necessary to enter meaningful careers.
“There is an enormous global shortage of trained cybersecurity professionals, even though some jobs can be done without a four year college degree. With youth unemployment at twice the national average, companies like Symantec must take action. It’s time to bridge that gap and change the world, by building skills to protect the future. We are proud to introduce the Symantec Cyber Career Connection, a first of its kind workforce development program aimed at helping lift under-served young adults into entry-level cybersecurity careers.” –Aled Miles, Senior Vice President, The Latin American Geography and Global Strategic Accounts
Year Up's mission is to close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. The nonprofit provides a pipeline of young talent for partner companies while delivering a market-driven training program that helps low-income adults launch a professional career. Year Up’s one-year program combines technical and professional skills training, an educational stipend, college credits and six-month internships at leading companies like eBay, Salesforce.com, JPMorgan Chase, American Express, and Facebook. Year Up currently serves more than 2,100 students annually and partners with over 250 companies across the country, with 85% of graduates employed or attending college full-time within four months of completing the program.
NPower mobilizes the tech community and provides individuals, nonprofits and schools access and opportunity to build tech skills and achieve their potential. The organization pursues this mission through two signature programs.
- Technology Service Corps builds brighter futures for underserved young adults and veterans through free technology and professional skills training. The program includes technical classes, mentoring from business leaders, internships and career development workshops at leading corporations and nonprofits, industry-recognized certifications as well as employment and alumni services. More than 80% of alumni are employed or pursuing higher education within one year of graduation.
- The Community Corps is a skills-based volunteering program connecting technology professionals with high impact nonprofits and innovative education partners. Tech volunteers enable schools and nonprofits across the country to use technology more effectively and inspire the next generation to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).