President Trump signed an Executive Order on cybersecurity initiatives on May 2, 2019.
The White House says it contains a number of things to help shrink the cybersecurity talent shortage, both in and out of government.
Here are five things the order puts into play:
- The Administration will establish the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Awards, recognizing excellent elementary and secondary school educators teaching cybersecurity-related content.
- Federal agencies will identify cybersecurity aptitude assessments that they can use to reskill employees with potential in the cybersecurity field. [Note: We've been hearing about this idea at SecureWorld conferences this year.]
- The Administration will develop a rotational program where federal employees can expand their cybersecurity expertise through temporary reassignments to other agencies.
- The Executive Order encourages widespread adoption of the cybersecurity workforce framework created by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE).
[Note: The mission of NICE is to energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. SecureWorld is offering an online training course on this topic in July. ]
- The Executive Order will promote cybersecurity work within the government, including through a new President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition.
We'll let you know as these major initiatives go from Executive Order to implementation.