Tech Giants Pair Up with Agencies to Cultivate More Cyberwarriors

Eleven federal agencies have partnered with a trio of technology businesses and a nonprofit on a new workforce initiative that aims to replenish the cybersecurity talent pipeline.

Mastercard, Microsoft, Workday and the Partnership for Public Service yesterday launched the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative, which calls on organizations in industry, government and academia to help grow the pipeline of cyberwarriors. The federal agencies involved include the CIA, the Defense Department, the FBI and the Small Business Administration.

The new program will provide training for the selected participants, who are guaranteed a 2-year placement at a federal agency with cybersecurity openings. Before their service ends, participants will be eligible for full-time gigs with the program’s industry partners, and once hired, will get up to $75,000 in student loan assistance.

Those interested can apply on CyberTalentInitiative.org. Agencies will make offers by next spring and participants will start in the summer or fall of 2020. 

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