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HRCyber Event to Explore Development of Cybersecurity Workforce

By Linda Caulkins

On Oct. 27, the Hampton Roads Cybersecurity Education, Workforce and Economic Development Alliance — also known as HRCyber — will host a cybersecurity workforce and economic development summit at Old Dominion University's Virginia Beach Regional Higher Education Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The summit will bring together leaders from academia, economic development and industry to discuss ways to fill the 36,000 open cybersecurity positions in Virginia. State Senator Frank Wagner will deliver a keynote address.

During the conference, a series of panels will be held to discuss strategies used to address the growing shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the Hampton Roads region and throughout the Commonwealth. Panel topics will include: cybersecurity educational pathways; cybersecurity internships and apprenticeships; and cybersecurity workforce and economic development. In addition, information will be provided on several Virginia Space Grant Consortium projects and findings from a regional cybersecurity workforce and educational survey will be discussed.

HRCyber is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce as one of five regional alliances and multi-stakeholder partnerships (RAMPS) to stimulate cybersecurity education and workforce development under National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) objectives. HRCyber is a partnership of 43 organizations including K-12 public school districts; community colleges and four-year universities; city economic development offices; non-profit organizations; federal government agencies; and private employers.

HRCyber is focused on developing a fully trained cybersecurity workforce through educational pathways from high school through community college to four-year institutions and continued professional development. This is achieved by addressing the workforce needs of employers by increasing the pipeline of high-quality students pursuing cybersecurity careers.

For more information, please visit the HRCyber website at http://securitybehavior.com/hrcyber/ or contact John Costanzo, associate director, ODU Virginia Beach (jcostanz@odu.edu).

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