How America Is Closing the Cybersecurity Skills Gap


America is facing a critical shortage of people trained in cybersecurity. The Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance — a partnership of companies, the government and universities — aims to bridge that skills gap because the country’s future literally could depend on it.

Sounding the call to cyber defenses through “industry-first” planning and collaboration is this opinion piece written by Frank C. Cicio, Jr., co-founder and CEO of iQ4, an emerging workforce-transformation firm and collaboration platform that partnered with the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the State University of New York at Albany and several cybersecurity professionals to launch the alliance in 2015; Gopal Padinjaruveetil, chief information security officer of the Auto Club Group in Michigan and chairman of the Advisory Council Board for the CWA; and William Squires, a former iQ4 research intern and sophomore at the University of Southern California who co-authored iQ4’s response to the White House’s recent NIST Request For Information on cybersecurity.

“The [CWA] alliance has been able to expand to over 600 enterprise members, representing major financial institutions, consulting firms and Fortune 100 companies.”

Acknowledgements iQ4 Corp:
Peter Meehan, iQ4 SVP International & Partnerships iQ4 Corp and Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance (CWA)
Kyle Hamilton, iQ4 Chief Innovation and Data Science Officer
Dennis O’Connell, iQ4 CWA Managing Director
Robert Hamilton, iQ4 CWA Director Program Development
Dr James Stellar, acting President University at Albany/SUNY, CWA Chairman Emeritus
Dr. Charles Camarda, Astronaut, Senior Advisor for Engineering Development, NASA laRC
Frank Sanchez, President Rhode Island College, Former Vice Chancellor CUNY
Alan Mace, Global Head Cybersecurity Risk, BNY Mellon
Dennis Paige, Federal Reserve Bank, New York
Leo Van Duyn, Cyber Security Training & Education, JP Morgan Chase, Co-Chair NCWF NICE SWG
Robert Francis, Federal Reserve Bank, New York
Anne Lopes, Provost John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY
Rick Torres, CEO National Student Clearinghouse
Teresa Durocher, VP Information Security (IAM), Citizens Bank
Tom Connors, TMT Cybersecurity Risk Partner, Deloitte
Scott Jackson, Chief Information Cybersecurity Officer, Standard Chartered Bank
Chrysanthe Cupone, Manager, information Security Awareness, American Express
Joy Nuga, CWA Student Alumni, Cybersecurity Risk, Goldman Sachs
Amit Sharma, Founder Finclusive Capital, former senior advisor to U.S. Treasury Department on terrorism and illicit finance
David N. Lawrence, Founder Risk Assistance Network and Exchange, Board of John Jay College for Criminal Justice


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