In addition, agencies are required to implement operational security programs to reduce the risk of internal threats to their data. Some, like the Department of Veterans Affairs, are trying to fill cybersecurity gaps in their workforce through apprenticeship programs; the will of the VA offer two years of on-the-job training to fulfill the necessary roles.
But what about agencies that don’t have the means to implement their own workforce development and training programs? Third-party teams intervene where the government does not have the necessary bandwidth. Current and future federal cyber workers can earn cyber certifications from these teams and learn how to combat advanced threats.
How Cybersecurity Training Creates Better Flexibility for Agencies
Learning new technologies is an important part of cybersecurity training, and some areas are more technical than others. For the person who wants to learn new skills, the prospect can be daunting. But look where the military often finds its novice cyber soldiers: among young men and women fresh out of high school with little or no professional experience.
Just as the military trains new service members without cybersecurity experience, civilian IT workers with outdated skills can also be quickly retrained. Many workers face job obsolescence due to automation and other advanced technologies, but their basic knowledge of networks and systems remains valuable.
Third-party teams can build on this foundation and train these workers in cybersecurity, teaching them the skills of analysis, threat detection, incident response, risk assessment and cyber strategy. Teams can take someone who has no IT experience or who has basic information technology knowledge and train the candidate to fill one of these open positions.
CDW•G and his training partner, Academy of Applied Technologyoffer training in offensive and defensive cybersecurity, as well as broader security-related disciplines, such as identity and access management, cloud security, Internet of Thingssecure application development, data analysis and reverse engineering.
Thanks to its approved training partnerships with Microsoft, Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, Amazon Web Services, Fortinet and others, CDW can also align its training to agency-specific infrastructure solutions and required outcomes, as generalized training is not always sufficient to meet workforce development needs.
One of the main advantages of this training is the emphasis on practical work; at least 60 to 70 percent of class time is devoted to this aspect. Additionally, our proven, instructor-led delivery model differentiates our programs and courses from many others in the market, allowing us to meet students at their level of knowledge and experience and offer individual support when needed. to help them master their skills and develop their skills. Professional skills.
Computer simulations, tabletop exercises, labs, and case studies in each course give students experience and help them develop skills needed in the job market, such as writing well, giving presentations, and teaching to others.
Classes are held live, in person or online, so students and instructors can get immediate answers. Breakout rooms give students who want additional help the opportunity to get it privately.
Civil servants need special cybersecurity training
Federal employees who work in the defense field may also need training on different aspects of cybersecurity than those who work for civilian agencies. Government officials, contractors and suppliers in general often need specialized training that the private sector does not have, particularly around regulatory compliance, risk assessment and governance.
CDW’s workforce development practice originates from the roots of the intelligence community and has grown to support some of the most highly specialized cybersecurity roles within the industry. Department of Defense. These programs continue to support onboarding and rapid training to develop the initial operational capacity of new cybersecurity workers.
This article is part of FedTechIt is Capital Blog Series.