Adopting a Skills-First Strategy for Cyber Workforce Development


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Employers are increasingly shifting towards a skills-first approach in cybersecurity workforce development. This approach values a diverse range of experiences and abilities, not just degrees and certifications. In this session, explore how employers can establish accessible entry points into cybersecurity for various individuals, such as high school students, community college attendees, university students, military veterans, and mid-career professionals in search of new opportunities. Employers will discuss forming partnerships with educational institutions and community organizations to recruit talent and reveal their internal strategies for identifying, training, and advancing cybersecurity experts. Furthermore, they will delve into utilizing the Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (NICE Framework) to bolster a skills-oriented talent strategy, including using it for skills classification and connecting it to well-defined learning paths.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discover effective methods for introducing newcomers to cybersecurity roles and overcoming entry barriers.
  • Explore how partnerships between schools, non-profits, and companies can enhance advancements in cybersecurity skill development.
  • Identify the mindset shifts necessary to transition to a skills-based cybersecurity talent strategy.