Government, private sector team up to boost cyber workforce
Mastercard, Microsoft, Workday, the Partnership for Public Service and 11 government agencies, including the CIA and the FBI, are launching a cooperative effort to boost the US government’s cybersecurity workforce. The Cyber Talent Initiative will enable graduates to work at one of the government agencies for two years. After that, they should be able to get a full-time job at one of the private companies participating in the initiative. Participants can also receive up to $75,000 in student loan assistance.
According to Ron Green of Mastercard, “[c]ybersecurity is a critical issue facing our world today. It will take a true collaboration between the public and private sectors to get the right resources in place to address the threat.” The initiative is inviting other companies and government agencies to join.