Did you know Maryland is home to over 11,000 cyber and IT companies? That number doesn’t even include the large government presence in cyber security either. Yet recent labor statistics indicate that more than 200,000 cyber security jobs in the U.S. are currently unfilled and the industry complains there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill those positions!
As part of PLEX Solutions’ commitment to serving the government and commercial sectors with our talented employees and innovative operations, PLEX partnered with SANS in late 2017 to be one of 11 winners of the Maryland EARN (Employment Advancement Right Now) workforce grant program. Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation grants funds to various organizations to provide advanced workforce training.
“We know we have thousands of vacant cyber jobs, and we know businesses want employees who will walk in on day one and be able to do the job,” Maryland’s labor secretary, Kelly Schulz, said in a statement. “So we are looking for ways that we can intentionally connect resources, to meet the needs of the workforce and the industry.”
PLEX Solutions was one of the first to join SANS as it serves as the lead entity of the Strategic Industry Partnership for the Academy partnered with two non-profit organizations and ten employers to implement the program and ensure a pathway for participants into the cybersecurity workforce.
This collaboration is aimed at supporting applicant recruitment with an emphasis on veterans and women as well as post-graduation job searches in the ever-growing field of cybersecurity. This month will witness the inaugural cohort of 11 individuals beginning their cybersecurity journey with SANS SEC401 Security Essentials on Monday, April 23.
The SANS Cyber Workforce Academy (Maryland) will continue to train up to 80 state residents with full scholarships. PLEX, along with the other partner organizations, assists SANS in student selection and Academy students with advice, tips and recommendations for success. PLEX is also committed to giving qualified graduates a chance to join our amazing team to put their newfound skills to use.
Over the course of 2018 and 2019 the Academy will host eight cohorts, of about three to four months each. Training will be held online and at various locations throughout Maryland.
Applications for the next cohort are expected to open soon. As a graduate of the SANS VetSuccess Academy in 2016 I encourage you tell anyone looking to enter the cybersecurity field to visit: www.sans.org/cyberworkforce-md to apply.