Symantec Cyber Career Connection

Wanted: Aspiring Cyber Security Professionals

Cyber security is one of today's most in-demand fields—growing three times faster than other IT jobs1. From health care to financial services, retail to manufacturing and consumer goods—nearly every business around the world is seeking trained professionals who can help protect their organization, data, employees and customers from the ever-growing risk of cyberattacks.

Yet, despite the incredible opportunity, there is a significant shortage of qualified candidates prepared to fill these roles—today there is a gap that is expected to reach a staggering 1.8 million open jobs by 20222.

As the global leader in cyber security, we are proud to play a role in building the workforce of tomorrow. Launched in 2014 in partnership with the Symantec Foundation, the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (Symantec C3) is a collaborative effort that provides a pathway for underrepresented and under-resourced young adults and veterans—many of who have not been exposed to this thriving field—to fill in-demand cyber security jobs and enjoy long-term, meaningful careers.

Symantec C3 addresses four key challenges across the workforce pipeline including:

  • Excite - We help nonprofits and educators raise awareness of the long-term career opportunities in cyber security.
  • Recruit, Train and Certify - We recruit and train underserved populations into the field of cyber security.
  • Prepare for Jobs - We place students in cyber security internships and other on-the-job learning opportunities for training in real-world challenges.
  • Launch Careers - We connect program graduates to cyber security positions.

With Symantec C3, we are not only addressing the global cyber security workforce gap but also helping to change the trajectory of the tech workforce—specifically for women, minorities and veterans. The program is aligned with Symantec’s goal to excite, engage and educate one million students in STEM education by 2020 by partnering with global nonprofits with an emphasis on computer science and cyber security.

A Powerful Combination: Classroom + Business Experience

As one of our Symantec C3 students shared, "This journey has opened my eyes to the world of cyber security and I am now able take the knowledge I acquired and apply it to real-life situations."

At its core, the Symantec C3 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 apply what they have learned in internships and other business settings. Program graduates have opportunities to interview with a network of companies for full time positions and build their long-term careers. To date, many Symantec C3 graduates have gone on to full time employment with leading companies such as Salesforce, Microsoft, eBay, Autodesk, TD Ameritrade, Morgan Stanley, Gap, Inc. and more.

Partnering for Success

Symantec C3 is a collaboration between Symantec, the Symantec Foundation, our non-profit training partners, and global companies working to prepare young adults and veterans for careers in the cyber security field. Working with leading educational development non-profits Year Up, NPower, and The Stride Center, the Symantec C3 is creating a qualified and diverse talent pool to support this fast-growing industry. Graduates leave the program prepared to step into the vacant jobs, succeed in their careers and help solve today's cyber security challenges.

To learn more about becoming a program participant, visit our partners directly for application details:

Whether you're interested in learning more about our innovative program, partnering with us to provide internships or hiring our graduates, please connect with us on Twitter at @SymantecC3 and LinkedIn where we also share industry news, best practices and other resources.