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By Bruce Sussman
Wed | Apr 10, 2019 | 4:43 AM PDT

Desperate times used to call for desperate measures. Now, desperate times often call for innovation. 

And that's what is happening with the cybersecurity talent gap.

A brand new initiative aims to recruit and train the next generation of cybersecurity leaders. And those who go through the program could see up to $75,000 of their college tuition bill vanish into thin air along with placement in some great cyber roles.

The new initiative to close the cybersecurity talent gap

The nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service is launching the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative in conjunction with a mishmash of finance, IT, HR organizations, and federal government agencies.

Founding partners are:

  • MasterCard
  • Microsoft
  • Workday
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Election Commission
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Naval Intelligence
  • Small Business Administration

How the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative works

First of all, you have to apply and be accepted. Apply here

Secondly, if you are selected, you will be guaranteed a two-year placement at a federal agency with cybersecurity opportunities.

Third, before the conclusion of your federal service, you will be eligible for full-time positions with the program’s private sector partners.

And fourth, once hired, you will receive up to $75,000 in student loan assistance.

Do you know someone who should consider a career in cybersecurity? If so, share this article with them.

It could be very profitable for them, and help all of us close the talent gap.

[RELATED: How U.S. Bank is developing a pipeline of cybersecurity talent]