Symantec today announced Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) that includes cybersecurity curriculum, virtual mentorship, cybersecurity internships, job creation, etc.
Announced as a Commitment to Action today at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting by Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Symantec’s executive director of the program, Aled Miles, the pilot program will start in August in New York City, Baltimore and San Francisco Bay Area.
The program aims to address the global workforce gap in cybersecurity and provide new career opportunities to program graduates with the assistance of Symantec.
Symantec said its network partners include Year Up, NPower and LifeJourney. The program will expand internationally in future years.
An estimated 300,000 cybersecurity jobs are vacant in the United States; among those, 60,000 could be filled by individuals without a four-year college degree.
Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report has shown that the amount of data breaches grew by 62 percent in 2013 and that approximately 552 million identities were exposed worldwide as a result of data breaches.
Cecily Joseph, vice president of Corporate Responsibility at Symantec, said: “SC3 will also help us meet the critical needs of our customers and strengthen national security in challenging economic times.”