With a national shortage of more than 500,000 cybersecurity unfilled jobs in the U.S., several San Diego partners including Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE), National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR), San Diego Regional EDC, and San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) have joined forces to seed and diversify the talent pipeline for this critical industry through two key programs – CyberHire and NFAR Cyber. NFAR Cyber is specifically designed to train San Diegans with autism to work in entry-level cybersecurity roles; a field to which many with autism are well suited, and exactly the type of workforce development program needed both regionally and nationally. CyberHire is a program designed to address the growing demand for cybersecurity talent and connect job seekers to secure meaningful careers, particularly in under-represented communities. This session will delve into these successful programs and highlight “out-of-the-box” ideas to address the workforce gap in neurodiverse and under-served communities.
Madison Dingsdale, Program Specialist, San Diego Workforce Partnership
Juan Leon, Founder and Board President, National Foundation for Autism Research