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IBM Security Education Initiative

ARMONK, N.Y. – 30 May 2017: IBM (NYSE: IBM) Security today announced an initiative to help address the projected 1.8 million-person cybersecurity worker shortage[1] through programs and partnerships that promote a “new collar” cybersecurity workforce strategy.

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As part of this initiative, IBM is sponsoring alternative education models such as Hacker Highschool and Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), while defining new workforce approaches to reach a broader pipeline of employees based on skills, experience and aptitudes as opposed to traditional hiring models which focus on degrees alone. In fact, nearly 20 percent of IBM Security professionals hired in the U.S. since 2015 fall into this category of “new collar” employees.

To help overcome the cybersecurity talent shortage and build the skills needed for the modern security workforce, IBM Security is investing in several initiatives including:

  • New collaboration with the Hacker Highschool project, an open cybersecurity training program for teens and young adults.
  • Continued investment in skills-based education, training & recruitment, including vocational training, coding camps, professional certification programs and innovative public/private education models like P-TECH (which IBM pioneered in 2011).
  • Outlining a strategic workforce approach for the security industry with practical steps that all organizations can take to rethink their own cybersecurity talent models, via a new industry whitepaper from IBM Institute for Business Value.

 

 

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