Apprenticeships Assume Important Role in the Future of Cybersecurity

CyberDefenses Apprentices

There are many industries and job roles that have been completely transformed in recent years thanks to the digital era; however, cybersecurity rises to the top of industries that have seen the largest number of changes. New technologies introduce new attack vectors at the same time the transition to digital everything creates more incentives for hackers and cyber criminals. In fact, cyber crime has become so lucrative in recent years, it is surpassing the income potential of the illegal drug trade.

As cyber threats grow, the pool of skilled cybersecurity talent is remaining roughly the same. This poses a serious problem that is only going to get worse. It’s predicted that by 2021, 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs will be unfilled.

CyberDefenses is addressing the challenge through an Apprentice Program designed to train and place cybersecurity analysts in the workforce in less than a year. The Program launched in January of 2018 with its first cohort of six Apprentices. The Apprentices graduated in November with the certifications required to start a new career in the industry, including CompTIA A+, Sec+ and Network+ among others.

Apprentices are not required to have a background in cybersecurity or even IT. What they must have; however, is technical aptitude as well as a strong desire to pursue a career in this field. After receiving hundreds of applications, the CyberDefenses selected six candidates to begin the training in Round Rock, Texas. Several relocated to the area to take advantage of the unique opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment. The Program combines on-the-job training, mentorship and classroom instruction to ensure participants are ready to immediately step into a Security Operations Center knowing how to identify potential threats and mitigate them. All six Apprentices passed every exam on the first try and two even completed the Program early to begin working on client sites.

CyberDefenses will start the next cohort of Apprentice in 2019. Visit the Apprentice page and fill in the form to be notified once we open up the application process.

View the video to hear the Apprentices’s perspective of their Program.

About the author

Keri Leblanc

Keri LeBlanc is VP of Sales and Communications at CyberDefenses. She has spent the majority of her career in technology and cybersecurity. Her background includes a range of communications and sales functions including public relations and marketing outreach for government and corporate entities.