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Bridging The Cybersecurity Talent Gap

Virtual Career Fair Brings Together Top Cyber Jobseekers & Employers

May 27, 2014 — Leading cybersecurity organizations are coming together to launch the National Cybersecurity Career Fair (NCCF), and address a pressing challenge facing both the public and private sector that continues to threaten our national security: the understaffed information security teams in the public and private sectors across the U.S.

Cyber Aces Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to recruit and develop talent to fill critical jobs in the field of cybersecurity, has mobilized prominent cybersecurity organizations to solve this problem by connecting veterans, students, and jobseekers with employers in need. Working with the SANS Institute, the Council on CyberSecurity, (ISC)², US Cyber Challenge, Center for Internet Security, and SC Magazine, Cyber Aces has launched NCCF to connect untapped cyber talent with employers in a unique, virtual setting.

"There is an acute problem when it comes to technical cybersecurity employment - too much stealing of qualified staff from one employer to another that only increases costs with no overall improvement in our nation’s security,” said Cyber Aces Founder Alan Paller, Department of Homeland Security Task Force on Cybersecurity Co-Chair and SANS Institute Director of Research.

“There is talent across the country ready to work, and the National Cybersecurity Career Fair allows these cybersecurity professionals to network with leading employers.”

Scheduled for June 18-19, NCCF will feature over 3,000 jobseekers that have completed training and/or certification programs through Cyber Aces, SANS, US Cyber Challenge, and (ISC)², as well as others in the cybersecurity community seeking new work.

The event will allow jobseekers to engage with employers such as the NSA, the US Army’s Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) Cyber Brigade, CBS, Accenture, JP Morgan Chase, Juniper Networks, Solutionary, KPMG, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, STI Group, Stroz Friedberg, and more. NCCF includes a number of interactive features in company virtual “booths”, such as videos, job listings, web-based chat, video chat, resume collection, and collateral materials, as well as a specific resources page to support veterans’ employment search as part of the VetSuccess Program being put on in collaboration by SANS and Cyber Aces.

Additionally, each job candidate is given the option to stand out by taking the SANS Cyber Talent exam at no cost, which measures their skills and capability across a variety of information security domains.

About Cyber Aces

Cyber Aces discovers talent and provides a pathway to employment in critical cybersecurity jobs. It is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more, visit nationalcybersecuritycareerfair.com 

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