Symantec Cyber Career Connection

Collaborating to Build the Workforce of Tomorrow

Twenty-six year old Michael from the Bronx never envisioned himself pursuing a career in cyber security but in his own words, "Sometimes life has its own plans for you.” Michael enrolled in Symantec’s Cyber Career Connection (SC3), learned valuable cyber security skills and upon graduation, received a full-time offer as a Security Analyst. He aspires to become a Threat Intelligence Analyst or a Digital Forensic Analyst and someday a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

Today cyber security is one of the most important fields in technology and a serious issue for individuals, business leaders, Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and CISOs, and society as a whole. With every new digital device, connected car and mobile wallet, the risks are increasing and the need for cyber security professionals is now greater than ever. Yet, there is a significant shortage of qualified candidates prepared to fill these roles—an estimated 500,000 to 1 million jobs remain unfilled in the U.S. alone1. This gap is expected to grow to a staggering 1.5 million by 20202.

As this talent gap continues to widen, there is a vibrant community of underrepresented young adults—including people of color, women, and veterans—that could fill at least 60,000 of these positions if properly trained.

In partnership with the Symantec Foundation, the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) was launched in 2014 and is a collaborative effort to address the global workforce gap in the cyber security field. The program provides underrepresented young adults and veterans with targeted education, training and certifications that position them to fill in-demand cyber security jobs and enter long-term careers.

SC3 addresses four key challenges across the workforce pipeline including:

  • Excite—SC3 supports non-profits and educators in raising awareness of the long-term career opportunities of cyber security.
  • Recruit, Train and Certify—SC3 recruits underrepresented populations into the field of cyber security and offers industry recognized training programs.
  • Prepare for Jobs—SC3 places students in cyber security internships and other on-the-job learning opportunities for training in real-world challenges.
  • Launch Careers— SC3 connects program graduates to cyber security positions through Symantec's network of customers and partners.

As Symantec further expands the scalability of the SC3 program, we continue to contribute to our goal to excite, engage and educate 1 million students in STEM education through global nonprofit partnerships, with an emphasis on computer science and cyber security, by 2020 with an investment of $20 million.

In FY16, Symantec invested $6,078,500, which excited, engaged and educated 745,446 students in STEM education. Our program emphasized computer science and cyber security training by working with some of our long time STEM partners.


  • SC3 helps nonproftis and educators raise awareness of long-term career opporunities in cyber security
  • 300 Students reached since program inception

Recruit, Train, Certify

  • SC3 recruits underserved populations into the field of cyber security and offers industry-recognized training programs
  • 72% graduation rate

Prepare for Job

  • SC3 places students in cyber security internships and other on-the-job learning opportunities
  • 96% are people of color, 38% are female

Launch Careers

  • SC3 connects program graduates to cyber security positions through our customer and partners
  • 87% of graduates are employed in cyber security and IT jobs, or pursuing additional degrees
Classroom and Business Experience

At the core, the SC3 curriculum focuses on both technical and soft skills including specialized training in cyber security principles, software and computer programs, methods and tools, as well as business foundations, resume and interview training. Following classroom training, students are placed in on-the-job training that afford them the opportunity to apply what they have learned in a business setting. After completing this phase, program graduates have opportunities to interview with Symantec’s network of customers and partners for full time positions and build their long-term careers.

Partnering for Success

SC3 is a collaboration between Symantec, the Symantec Foundation, our non-profit training partners, and companies around the world working to prepare young adults and veterans for careers in the cyber security field. Working with leading educational development non-profits Year Up, NPower, Per Scholas, The Stride Center and the NASSCOM Foundation, SC3 open doors for future professionals with diverse backgrounds. The graduates of SC3 leave the program well prepared to step into the vacant jobs and help solve today’s cyber security challenges.

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 which builds brighter futures for underserved young adults and veterans through free technology and professional skills training, and the Community Corps, a skills-based volunteering program connecting technology professionals with high-impact nonprofits and innovative education partners.

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.

Per Scholas was founded more than 20 years ago with the mission to break the cycle of poverty by providing technology education, access, and training and job placement services for people in under-served communities.

The Stride Center is a nonprofit social venture working to empower economic self-sufficiency for individuals and communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are harnessing the power of technology and the digital economy to help men, women and families on the road to

For organizations that would like to provide internships to SC3 students or contribute to the program in other ways, please contact Symantec.

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