31. Cybersecurity Training

f you, or anyone you know, might want to start a computer career, the newest hot field is cybersecurity.   There are currently 350,000 vacancies in that field in the United States alone, with that number expected to rise into the millions by the time current high school seniors graduate from college.  These professionals currently average nearly $100,000 per year, and it will be a long time before we can train enough people at this work to soften the market for their skills.

Cybersecurity certification is a bit complicated at this time, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security currently recognizing eighteen different certification sources.  So your first cybersecurity certification is unlikely to be your last.  This will absolutely not be the kind of profession where you get a degree and never pick up a textbook again.  Like doctors, nurses and paramedics, continuing education will be the norm.

In my multi-year quest to locate every free nerd course in the country, I recently found the Department of Homeland Security’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies.  On their website is a link to another site offering free cybersecurity training to government employees at all levels and veterans!  Go to https://niccs.us-cert.gov/ .