Cybersecurity work is vital to our nation's security and prosperity, yet hundreds of thousands of in-demand, high-paying cybersecurity jobs remain unfilled. To meet this urgent and growing demand, the United States needs to increase the supply of work-ready talent. This effort will require identifying and developing pathways from secondary education to postsecondary education and careers. However, many high schools do not have enough educators with the necessary expertise to provide a rigorous cybersecurity education.
The U.S. Department of Education is collaborating with other federal agencies on a national cybersecurity teacher professional development initiative — CTE CyberNet. This initiative seeks to increase the number of career and technical education (CTE) teachers who can effectively prepare students for cybersecurity education and careers.
The goal of the CTE CyberNet is to increase the number of career and technical education (CTE) teachers who can effectively prepare students for cybersecurity education and careers. Through a localized academy approach, teachers will gain strategies and tools to deliver more rigorous, standards-aligned CTE cybersecurity programs of study, which prepare students for postsecondary education and/or work-based cybersecurity learning. Academies are designed to help educators impart the knowledge, skills, and abilities outlined in the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework, as defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Additionally, CTE CyberNet outcomes will align with knowledge units of Centers of Academic Excellence (CAEs) to facilitate future postsecondary integration, including access to dual-credit or other postsecondary opportunities for teachers and students. Finally, effective academies will enable teachers to integrate learnings into CTE cybersecurity programs of study.
The first cohort of CTE CyberNet teachers are participating in local professional development academies. Participants will attend a summer intensive session, which will include approximately 80 hours of professional development. The session is designed to increase technical knowledge and help participants develop teaching and learning practices appropriate for their respective classrooms.
Participants will continue their professional development in an accelerator throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. The academy accelerators will provide additional resources and technical assistance to support teachers as they implement learnings and practices in the classroom. Participating teachers have the opportunity to share learnings and experiences with teachers participating in other local academies as part of the CTE CyberNet teacher network. Based on recommendations from cybersecurity subject matter experts, the U.S. Department of Education identified three CAE Regional Resource Centers (CRRCs) to host academies during summer 2020 and the 2020-21 academic year.
This interactive heat map from CyberSeek: Cybersecurity talent demand and supply data provides a granular snapshot of supply and demand data for cybersecurity jobs at the state and metro area levels, and can be used to grasp the challenges and opportunities facing your local cybersecurity workforce.