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WORKFORCE TRAINING & RETURN TO WORK PROGRAMS
Chevron has launched its Welcome Back returnship program to identify, hire and support talented individuals who have left the workforce for two or more years and would like to return. The 10-week program will provide participants a soft landing into the company with a mentor and a "buddy," support groups, and compressed work weeks. Depending on the position, participants can expect to receive training on job requirements and technical skills (as appropriate).
Elastic is releasing free and open on-demand courses over the next few weeks. We know social distancing isn't fun, but it can be a great opportunity to learn new things. So while other people are making a second pass through their Netflix queue, you can build your Elastic Stack, observability, security skills and come out the other side an expert.
Facebook Return to Work Program
Return to Work Program for people who have been out of the workforce for 2 years or more.
Facebook Cybersecurity University for Veterans
Facebook Cybersecurity and Facebook VetWorking has teamed up with CodePath.org to teach veterans who are currently students or experienced professionals with some CS/IT background or has a CS degree, the fundamentals of Cybersecurity. There will be hands-on challenges of: XSS (Cross-Site Scripting), CSRF (Cross-Site Request Forgery), SQLI (SQL Injection), CTF (Capture The Flag) competition, and more!
Google's IT Residency Program (ITRP) is a 26-month role designed to jumpstart your career in technology at Google or beyond. Residents will learn what it takes to support and scale Google’s technology from our corporate infrastructure to end users.
The Intuit Again returnship program is designed to be a pathway into a full-time career allowing you to work on a team to refresh your skills and apply your newly learned skills in a supportive, structured 16-week program.
REACH is a multi-year apprenticeship program at LinkedIn where individuals with a passion for engineering will work in technical roles to build their skill set and gain the experience needed to become an Applications, Mobile, User Interface, Site Reliability, or Artificial Intelligence Engineer. The time each apprentice spends in this program will vary depending on their incoming skill set, experience, and progress through the program. The apprenticeship will consist of on-the-job technical responsibilities, mentorship, and dedicated time to independently develop technical skills.
NPower - Cybersecurity
NPower is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides training for careers in Information Technology to military veterans and young adults from under-served communities. They seek to empower members of under-represented groups to pursue technology careers by teaching the technical and professional skills demanded in the workplace and engaging with businesses, volunteers, and other nonprofit organizations.
Cybersecurity is an advanced training course designed for students who are ready to move beyond the basics of IT and tackle more rigorous security specialties.
PayPal’s Recharge program encourages skilled technologists who have taken a career break for personal or family reasons to feel equipped to return to the workforce. There are two ways to participate in Recharge. One path is through the 16 week paid program, and the second is through a bootcamp. Recharge is designed to increase inclusive technology workforce, while also giving individuals who want to return to work an opportunity to expand their experience and network. All interested applicants are welcome to apply to PayPal’s Recharge program. PayPal is committed to empowering talented people from every background and perspective to thrive. PayPal’s Recharge program is built in partnership with Path Forward (http://www.pathforward.org/).
As part of a $100 million Splunk Pledge (https://www.splunk.com/en_us/about-us/splunk-pledge.html), Splunk has committed to training, support and education to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions around the globe to support academic research and generate social impact. Splunk has also committed to supporting efforts to train the workforce of tomorrow.
Free Splunk training and certification for veterans
Free Splunk training for students at colleges and universities
Training partners like NPower, Year Up, Cyber Oregon, Innovate Birmingham
With Visa's annual Ready to Return program, women and men are provided both inspiration and enablement with learning resources, networking opportunities and live workshops with an aim to empower. Visa places candidates with jobs and provides meaningful connections to recruitment networks to get them back in the game. Beyond job placement – Visa’s focus is on elevating these individuals and recognizing the value of their talent.
The Workday Returnship Program helps parents and caregivers who put their careers on pause for more than two years get a jumpstart back into the workforce.
Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connects, serves, and empowers wounded warriors. Through Warriors to Work®, a veteran employment program, WWP provides career guidance and support services to wounded warriors, their families, and caregivers interested in transitioning to the civilian workforce. They match your skills and experience to the needs of hiring managers.
Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides talented and motivated, yet under-served young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skills development, coursework eligible for college credit, corporate internships, and wraparound support.
WiCyS Career Resources
Cyber Security Education
Explore careers in cyber security.
To help close the cybersecurity skills gap, CyberSeek provides detailed, actionable data about supply and demand in the cybersecurity job market.
At CrowdStrike, we offer our interns a positive and supportive environment where they can explore the working world and ignite their passion for the future. Our University Program is designed to provide participants the opportunity to work on meaningful and valuable assignments that support our mission to make the digital world a safer place to live and work.
New graduates and interns at Dropbox work alongside industry leaders, architecting the growing family of products that handle over a billion files a day for people and businesses around the world. From day one, you’ll have the responsibility and the support you need to make a difference on a massive scale.
IGNITE, our internship program at FireEye, sparks more than our interns' interest in technology.
We know the importance of investing in early talent and creating meaningful opportunities for our interns. That's why each internship is thoughtfully structured to promote and foster professional and personal development through project-based internships, executive speaker series, fun intern outing events, and more.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Center for Global Security Research Student Intern
Engages undergraduate and graduate students in practical research experience to support United States policy and decision makers in developing strategies for national and international security.
Data Science Summer Institute
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is offering data science graduate students and advanced undergraduate students like you the opportunity to join the Data Science Summer Institute (DSSI). This is a flexible summer internship program that runs for 12 weeks. As a DSSI intern, you'll apply your ideas, passion, and the skills you've acquired in machine learning, statistics, and high-performance computing to projects in areas of national importance.
Your internship at LinkedIn will give you everything you need to hit the ground running in your professional life. Make an impact on the company, team, and your local community through your work on real projects and involvement in philanthropy initiatives. As part of your internship, you will be exposed to your global intern cohort and hear from executives during social and professional events. During your internship you will hone your professional skills through Learning and Development workshops, LinkedIn Learning courses, Executive Speaker Series, and more!
Palo Alto Networks
The summer internship program features a combination of challenging projects with real impact, engaging social events, and networking opportunities:
Peers of elite students
One-on-one mentoring by industry leaders
Exposure to and support from Palo Alto Networks executives
Events that pique your intellectual curiosity and inspire new ideas
Opportunities to expand your knowledge and work in a fast-paced environment
Jumpstart your career with an innovative company that values your professional growth as much as you do. We put our rookies on the court — work with smart people committed to giving you rewarding projects, networking opportunities and an intern experience that will go beyond your time at Splunk. Join us in removing the barriers between data and action, so everyone thrives in the Data Age.
Generation Workday® is designed to support new college graduates in making the transition to work. Join the only 12-month cross-functional career development program in the industry that provides you with:
A dedicated onboarding program (to get you started on the right foot)
Professional skills development for presentations, teamwork, and leadership
Career planning, mentorship, and connections to Workday leaders
Focused success groups for MBA, MS, MA, JD, and PhD college graduates (U.S. only)
SCHOLARSHIPS & EDUCATION
Center for Cyber Safety and Education Scholarships
Cybersecurity scholarships for women, graduates, undergraduates and veterans.
Cybersecurity and I.T. video learning resources. Learn anytime, anywhere from subject matter experts, industry professionals, and thought-leading companies. Earn certificates and CEU/CPEs, and engage with a community of ~2,400,000 professionals around the world.
eLearnSecurity offers a blend of in-depth content and real-world simulations, courses, training paths, and certifications for businesses and individuals.
Information System Security Certification Consortium, Inc., (ISC)2
The Information System Security Certification Consortium, Inc., (ISC)2, is a trade association that provides training and esteemed credentialing for information security professionals worldwide. Members receive many benefits, including opportunities to network with other security professionals, free online events, a members-only magazine and access to cutting edge research.
Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Education Foundation
Attention all future Cybersecurity Professionals. Let ISSA Education Foundation help fund your academic pursuits with the below scholarships.
$3,500 – Howard A. Schmidt Memorial Scholarship for undergraduate studies
$3,500 – E. Eugene Schultz, Jr., Memorial Scholarship for graduate studies
$2,000 – Shon Harris Memorial Scholarship for either undergraduate or graduate studies
Bridging the cybersecurity skills gaps at your organization is like balancing an equation. You can’t have security without first investing in your employees’ cybersecurity skills. From security awareness and training for accounting to secure coding training for engineering, we have the right security education you need to achieve your business objectives — when you need it.
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
The DoD NDSEG Fellowship Program, established in 1989 by direction of Congress and sponsored by the Army, Navy, and Air Force, serves as a means of increasing the number of United States citizens trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance. Open to students intending to pursue doctoral level work in one of fifteen designated national security-related disciplines. Applicants may be in their final year of undergraduate study (and accepted into a doctoral program) or up to two years into their graduate studies. Up to three years of funding available. Participants must work on research at a DoD lab for one summer of their tenure.
National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies
The NICCS, part of the Department of Homeland Security, has a variety of scholarship opportunities for students. A few are only available in specific regions, such as Atlanta or upstate New York.
Experience the impact of training in a real cyber range. Get started today with Battle Paths, Battle Skills, and Battle Fortress.
SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academies
100% scholarship-based and no cost to participants. Academies are offered throughout the year in a variety of locations. There are several types of Immersion Academies:
VetSuccess - open to transitioning veterans and those transitioned in the last five years and not currently working in cybersecurity in a civilian role. Military spouses are eligible for select Academies.
Women's Academy - this Academy is open to career-changers and college seniors with a background in IT, but not currently working in cybersecurity roles.
Cyber Workforce Academy - these Academies are made possible by grants, sponsors and organizations looking to hire cybersecurity talent or help advance the field by bringing in new talent. Academy eligibility requirements and curricula will be based on the specific focus and needs of the sponsors.
Diversity Cyber Academy - SANS and International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) are partnering to create the SANS - ICMCP: Diversity Cyber Academy - DCA, combining efforts to increase the career opportunities for minorities and women in the cybersecurity field.
SANS Cyber Aces Online is an online course that teaches the core concepts needed to assess, and protect information security systems. The course is an engaging, self-paced, easy to use combination of tutorial and videos. It’s available as open courseware so you can take it anytime. And it’s free.
Cyber FastTrack is a free online cybersecurity program for college students and recent graduates. Designed by global technology experts and backed by state governors from across the country, Cyber FastTrack is a unique program that is designed for college students who want a rapid pathway to join the cyber workforce. Students from all backgrounds and interests are encouraged to enroll and give it their best shot. You will learn online which means it is possible to take part in Cyber FastTrack alongside your college classes.
To meet the demands of this popular 21st-century field, college and universities are offering cybersecurity college scholarships and cybersecurity majors. There are organizations that offer cybersecurity scholarships to students pursuing a career in this important and in demand field, so if you are looking to land additional funding for college, be sure to check out these cybersecurity scholarships.
Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS)
The SWSIS scholarship bestows up to $10,000 to women who are seeking graduate or undergraduate degrees that pertain to information security.
By connecting students all over the world to the best instructors, Udemy is helping individuals reach their goals and pursue their dreams.
Learn to code with interactive challenges. Edabit is like Duolingo for learning to code. Edabit simulates what programming is like in the real world while removing any tedious, non-educational aspects. Gain XP, unlock achievements and level up. You’ll spend hours completing challenges and it won't even feel like work.
Learn R, Python and Data Science Online. The skills people and businesses need to succeed are changing. No matter where you are in your career or what field you work in, you will need to understand the language of data. With DataCamp, you learn data science today and apply it tomorrow.
Get help from vetted software developers with one-on-one live mentorship.
Live debug with the help of an expert to improve your code quality before you deploy.
Personalize your learning experience with the right mentor.
Get answers to complex problems that you can't solve from sites like Stack Overflow.
A crossword puzzle game using regular expressions. Earn achievements completing puzzle challenges. Easy tutorials for people new to regular expressions.
Secure Code Warrior
Secure Code Warrior is a proven suite of secure coding tools. They are contained within one powerful platform which moves the focus from reaction to prevention. The platform trains and equips Developers to think and act with a security mindset as they build and verify their skills, gain real-time advice and monitor skill development - allowing them to ship secure code with confidence. Secure Code Warrior helps developers to:
Build their skills online with hands-on exercises
Receive real-time advice through IDE coaching plug-in tools
Verify their skillset through online assessments and certifications
Monitor and measure their skill improvements and ROI
HACKATHONS, CAPTURE-THE-FLAGS (CTFs) & COMPETITIONS
Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge
The Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge is an annual cyber policy and strategy competition where students from across the globe compete in developing policy recommendations tackling a fictional cyber catastrophe. The competition provide students from across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy and strategy challenges associated with management of tradeoffs during a cyber crisis. Part interactive learning experience and part competitive scenario exercise, it challenges students to respond to a realistic, evolving scenario of international cyber crisis, analyze the threat it poses to national, international, and private-sector interests, and provide recommendations on the best course of action to mitigate the crisis.
Search Party CTF (TraceLabs)
The Trace Labs Search Party CTF is a non theoretical, gamified effort that allows for the crowdsourcing of contestants to perform a single task: Conduct open source intelligence operations to help find missing persons
Secure Code Warrior
Secure Code Warrior helps companies freshen up secure code training with 4,000+ gamified missions in 33 languages and frameworks. These code-based challenges in a simulated IDE let developers practice finding and fixing vulnerabilities. You can try a sample challenge here (no contact info required).
US Cyber Challenge
Through a series of online competitions, the talented student competitors from around the nation are being invited to attend a USCC Cyber Camp. This select group of future cyber warriors will be offered elite training and hands-on exercises throughout their weeklong camp experience. Many of these students will become expert cyber security professionals, protecting the private sector of the United States. Some will become our nation’s front-line defense and protect our country.
Women Unite Over CTF
The CTF features challenges for beginner-level to advanced infosec participants. On-going, live instruction will help beginners successfully complete their first CTF, and more advanced infosec professionals can earn points through challenges on the award-winning ESCALATE platform from Point3 Security. Several non-profits for women and non-binary persons in cybersecurity will provide introductions to help forge new connections, share opportunities and embrace self-empowerment. An online chatroom is also provided, affording an in-depth social experience for interested participants.
K-12 CYBER EDUCATION PROGRAMS
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. At the core of the program is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, the nation's largest cyber defense competition that puts high school and middle school students in charge of securing virtual networks.
Organized by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), GenCyber offers summer programs designed to grow and improve cyber security education across the nation. The national program sponsors summer camps in most states, with the goal of helping students understand safe online behavior, how to be digital citizens, and increase interest in cyber security careers. Most GenCyber camps are hosted by universities in the area and some cover special interest topics, like girls and cyber security.
Girls Go CyberStart
Girls Go CyberStart is a fun, free and interactive online program composed of digital challenges to introduce high school girls to cybersecurity.
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