Registration Now Open for Community College Cyber Summit in Pittsburgh

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There will be one million cybersecurity job openings this year with more than 200,000 of those positions unfilled in the U.S. alone. The Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) is helping address that growing void and how to rapidly expand and enhance cybersecurity programs in community colleges at its third annual conference, Friday through Sunday, July 22 to 24, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Community colleges represent the only sector of our society with the potential for filling the growing gap between supply and demand.

There will be one million cybersecurity job openings this year with more than 200,000 of those positions unfilled in the U.S. alone. The Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) is helping address that growing void and how to rapidly expand and enhance cybersecurity programs in community colleges at its third annual conference, Friday through Sunday, July 22 to 24, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

3CS is the only national academic conference tailored to cybersecurity education at community colleges. With the continuous growth of cybersecurity jobs and the shortage of qualified workers to fill those positions, community colleges have become the best response to educate not only students, but educators while helping develop new programs. Community colleges also have established relationships with industries and businesses, all of which contributes to curriculum to eventually put forth qualified cybersecurity employees.

“Over 200,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. went unfilled in 2015, and this number is expected to grow to 1 million by 2022,” states Dr. Bob Spear, 3CS Chair. “Community colleges represent the only sector of our society with the potential for filling the growing gap between supply and demand. A principle objective of 3CS is to get more community colleges, academic programs, faculty, and students into the cybersecurity game.”

According to Forbes.com, demand to fill cybersecurity jobs will rise to 6 million by 2019, and those workers can demand more compensation than other IT employees. All the more reason to assure that students are properly educated in the field. The 3CS is aiming to better instruct faculty and administrators that are new to cybersecurity, help experienced educators share principles, safe practices and hands-on skills, and explain how to teach all that to technicians/managers outside the IT arena. Networking opportunities also will be prevalent.

Registration is open for 3CS, which will take place at the Community College of Allegheny County. To register or for more information, visit 3CS.nationalcyberwatch.org.

About Community College Cyber Summit:
The Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) is organized and produced by the National CyberWatch Center, National Resource Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA), CyberWatch West (CWW), Cyber Security Education Consortium (CSEC), Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC), and Advanced Cyberforensics Education (ACE) Consortium, which are all funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The outcomes of 3CS will leverage community college cybersecurity programs across the nation by introducing the latest technologies, best practices, curricula, products, and more. To learn more, visit 3CS.nationalcyberwatch.org.

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