WSC Launches Cyberjutsu Training Academy (CTA) to Help Bridge the Cybersecurity Skills Gap.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Contact: Lisa Foreman-Jiggetts
Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2015
WSC Launches Cyberjutsu Training Academy (CTA) to Help Bridge the Cybersecurity Skills Gap
McLean, VA – The Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) has officially launched and is currently enrolling members in the Cyberjutsu Training Academy (CTA). The CTA is WSC’s new technical training program designed to provide women a competitive edge in an effort to level the playing field of the heavily male-dominated area of cybersecurity. This program is designed for those interested in cybersecurity, career transitioning, or those that need the hands-on skills for career progression.
Responding to the high workforce demand for qualified and skilled cybersecurity professionals, CTA offers an all-inclusive on-the-job (OJT) training structure, including hands-on learning, certification prep, mentorship, and experience-building projects. This structure focuses on the critical skillsets required to implement and perform actions that are necessary for a cybersecurity professional working in the field. WSC members gain the advantage of other offerings including hands-on and soft skills workshops, study groups, and networking events, all of which are offered onsite as well as online.
The Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu has developed the training academy’s track-based training with the knowledge, skills and abilities identified in the National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework 2.0. The NICE mapping ensures training alignment to actual jobs, providing members with knowledge and skills that employers seek as well as giving companies a larger pool of more qualified candidates to recruit from. CTA is a supplement to programs offered in academia.
CTA, taught by industry professionals will initially be conducted onsite in the DC Metro area, while offering non-local members the option to attend remotely. Each cybersecurity track can take from 8 months to a year to complete with classes offered on weekday evenings and weekends.
Founder and CEO Lisa Foreman-Jiggetts says, "We’re really excited about this launch as WSC assists in building skillsets that we, as a community of working cybersecurity professionals, know is needed to succeed in our field. Our team has worked hard in developing a program that provides what one needs to successfully enter or advance in the field. We’ve made it affordable with quality instruction. With companies cutting back on training budgets, it makes it difficult for one to start or continue their training, and not having the training and experience needed will prove difficult to just land an interview, let alone fill a position. We’re passionate about providing all means of support and resources we can to help women succeed. "
WSC encourages women to explore cybersecurity as a rewarding and dynamic profession. Mentorship is essential to support the success of women in cybersecurity. Consider becoming a mentor. For an overview of the WSC mentoring program and mentoring opportunities, visit www.womenscyberjutsu.org/mentoring
A recorded information session on Cyberjutsu Training Academy will be held on January 26, 2015. More information is available at www.womenscyberjutsu.org/cta or from the WSC staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) is a Northern Virginia-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization passionate about helping and empowering women to succeed in the Cybersecurity field. WSC’s mission is to advance women in cybersecurity by providing programs and partnerships that promote networking, education, mentoring, resource-sharing, and opportunities.
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