ATLANTA, GA (April 30, 2019) – National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC) Executive Director Patrick Gaul and International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) President Aric Perminter applauded the introduction of the bipartisan Cybersecurity Skills Integration Act by U.S. House of Representatives (and co-chairs of the Congressional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus) Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Glenn Thompson (R-PA). This bill authorizes $10 million to create a competitive grant program within the Department of Education to incorporate cybersecurity education into new or existing CTE programs.
“To address our nation’s cybersecurity talent shortage, any solution must include training career and technical education students in the field of cybersecurity,” said Patrick Gaul, Executive Director of the NTSC. “As Representative Langevin notes in his press release, people who typically work in operational technology jobs are those on the frontlines protecting our nation’s power plants, dams, hospitals, and other critical infrastructure. The NTSC applauds Representatives Langevin and Thompson for introducing the Cybersecurity Skills Integration Act to help train CTE students in cybersecurity who are ready to enter the workforce within just a few years. This bill also aligns with the critical infrastructure security priorities of DHS and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency that are important to private sector CISOs.”
“It is imperative for new or existing CTE programs to be intentional about increasing the number of participating women and minorities to keep pace with demand and maximize diversity of thought,” said Aric Perminter, President of the ICMCP. “As stated by a Deloitte 2013 study, diversity of thought goes beyond the affirmation of equality—simply recognizing differences and responding to them. Instead, the focus is on realizing the full potential of people and, in turn, the organization, by acknowledging and appreciating the potential promise of each person’s unique perspective and different way of thinking.”
The NTSC provides a platform for CISOs to advocate for beneficial legislative and regulatory policies. We encourage dialogue about cybersecurity issues, laws, and regulations through advocacy engagement with congressional members, regional CISO policy roundtables, and our National CISO Policy Conference.
About the National Technology Security Coalition
The National Technology Security Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that serves as the preeminent advocacy voice for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) across the nation. Through dialogue, education, and government relations, we unite both public and private sector stakeholders around policies that improve national cybersecurity standards and awareness.
About the International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals
The International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals was created as a 501(c)3 non-profit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals. Our mission is to achieve the consistent representation of women and minorities in the cybersecurity industry through programs designed to foster recruitment, inclusion and retention – one person at a time. The ICMCP tackles the ‘great cyber divide’ with scholarship opportunities, diverse workforce development, innovative outreach, and mentoring programs.
Patrick Gaul, NTSC Executive Director
Aric Perminter, ICMCP President
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