The National Cybersecurity Workforce Development Program

Free cybersecurity training and professional development.

Arming our nation with cybersecurity skills to safeguard America’s cyberspace.

Cybersecurity Today: A Call to Action

CyberSkills2Work supporters hear the nation’s call for more cybersecurity in today’s ever-evolving cyberage. Cyberspace is continually advancing with more sophisticated ways to conduct business, socialize, and shop online. As it evolves, so does cybercrime. Cybersecurity analysts emphasize the need to take action on cybercriminals and develop a solid cyberdefense against computer crimes. Having skilled cybersecurity professionals at the frontline of cyberdefense helps protect networks, devices, and data from unlawful internet activity. According to CyberSeek, the U.S. has a shortfall of about 572,392 cybersecurity professionals. More skilled professionals are needed to tackle the nation’s top cybersecurity challenges:

The annual global cost of cybercrime damages is about $8 trillion and is expected to increase to $10.5 trillion by 2025. In 2020, reported financial losses from cybercrime in the U.S. cost over $4.1 billion, a 69% increase from 2019.

Source: CyberSecurity Ventures, FBI

Currently, there are 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally and close to 600,000 nationally.

Source: CyberSecurity Ventures
Cybersecurity Workforce Gaps

Reportedly, 95% of all cybersecurity breaches are due to human error and 69% of organizations indicate that their cybersecurity teams are understaffed.

Source: IBM and ISACA
Cybersecurity Training Needs

CyberSkills2Work Responds to the Call

CyberSkills2Work, established in 2020, is responding to the nation’s call for more cybersecurity measures. It is building a strong labor force to fight cyberthreats to organizations across critical infrastructure sectors, including finance. CyberSkills2Work equips transitioning military members, veterans, minorities, government personnel, women, military spouses, and first responders with necessary skills to combat today’s top cybersecurity threats. The program, a network of America’s leading cybersecurity universities and Fortune 500 companies, provides training, career development, and job placement support to its learners.

With in-person and virtual course options, CyberSkills2Work is one of the best free, online cybersecurity training programs in the USA. After completing the program, graduates receive certification and digital badges that document their earned credentials. They also are connected with employers and cybersecurity job opportunities to begin or advance their careers. CyberSkills2Work addresses an urgent demand to fill the cybersecurity workforce gap with skilled individuals who can help curtail cybercrimes.

Military person in the cybersecurity field

Program Impact

What People Say About CyberSkills2Work

Janice Sanders
CyberSkills2Work '22 graduate

“This program has allowed me to gain invaluable skills through the curriculum, as well as the hands-on application of the learning through the CTF's and Tabletop exercises. This program has opened many opportunities for me, and I am eager to see what the journey brings.”
Steven McDonald
CyberSkills2Work '22 graduate

"This was an amazing opportunity that I was fortunate to be selected for. This program has greatly enhanced my knowledge of not only networks through the Network+ certification but also the CySA+ certificate. I would highly encourage anyone that has this opportunity to not only further their knowledge but also take advantage of the career advancement that is now within reach.”
Dr. Eman El-Sheikh
CyberSkills2Work Principal Investigator

"CyberSkills2Work has emerged as a nationally recognized cybersecurity training program. We’re honored to have a hand in steering the future of cybersecurity while developing the future workforce. This program is strategically preparing our country against malicious cyberattacks.”

Take Action! Join the CyberSkills2Work Community

Join the fight against cybercrime. Support CyberSkills2Work and its efforts to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity workforce with skilled individuals. Be a part of our collective group of learners, educational institutions, employers, and partners who are making a difference in cybersecurity.

CyberSkills2Work program learners
Do you have some IT or cybersecurity experience and want to further your career in the field? If you’re a transitioning military, first responder, veteran, military spouse, woman, underrepresented minority, or government employee, apply to CyberSkills2Work. Take our aptitude test to see what cybersecurity work role or career path is best for you. This program could be your free ticket to journey a long and rewarding career in cybersecurity.
CyberSkills2Work educational institutions
CyberSkills2Work comprises ten educational institutions that are designated National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C). Each institution offers free, certified and credentialed cybersecurity courses that prepare learners for entry-level employment in pursued work roles. Is your institution an NCAE-C that offers a cybersecurity workforce program? If so, join us!
CyberSkills2Work employers network
Employers Network
Finding skilled workers to fill cybersecurity jobs can be difficult. However, CyberSkills2Work has simplified the hiring and job-finding process. Join our network of 50+ employers who are actively filling and sharing cybersecurity job vacancies with program graduates.
CyberSkills2Work program partners
Program Partners
CyberSkills2Work invites individuals and organizations to support the program and help it reach underrepresented and underserved populations. With your help, the program can provide opportunities to veterans, transitioning service members, first responders, women, military spouses, underrepresented minorities, or government personnel. Help us promote, market, and expand the program.

Cybersecurity Work Roles, Pathways, and Training Institutions

Develop work-ready skills in the cybersecurity field. Choose from various different work roles for cybersecurity training. Follow the pathway of courses offered by CyberSkills2Work’s coalition of NCAE-C institutions.

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