The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has partnered with Girls Who Code (GWC) to develop pathways for young women to pursue careers in cybersecurity and technology, the agency announced on September 30.
CISA and GWC will establish collaborative opportunities to provide cybersecurity awareness, training and career paths for girls and young women through this partnership. The two agencies also want to tackle diversity disparities by raising awareness about careers in cybersecurity and technology.
They will work with employers to create tangible pathways for young women, especially young women of color, to gain hands-on experience in the private sector, non-profit sector or government in the areas of cybersecurity. and technology.
“One of my top priorities at CISA is to inspire more women and girls to pursue careers in cybersecurity and technology,” CISA director Jen Easterly said in the announcement. “The gender gap that exists in the cybersecurity workforce contributes to the overall cybersecurity workforce shortage that persists in the United States and around the world, which ultimately makes us less prepared for face the threats of today and tomorrow. “
“I couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with Girls Who Code to help build the next generation of cyber talent where young women everywhere can see themselves in cyber,” she added.
CISA and GWC are committed to working to close the gender gap that persists in the cybersecurity workforce by bringing more talented young women into the force to prepare our country to defend against threats from today and tomorrow.
Additionally, to assist the Biden administration’s national effort in addressing cybersecurity threats, GWC plans establish a micro-accreditation program for groups historically excluded from technology. The program will make scholarships and early career opportunities more accessible to historically under-represented groups.