Tech giant Microsoft, financial services firm Mastercard and software company Workday has collaboratively announced the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative, wherein the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and ten other federal agencies are participants. The initiative is significant because of lacking cybersecurity talent that healthcare organizations have extensively been tackling nowadays. In this regard, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Ann Johnson said last month at the RSA 2019 Conference that the dearth will only get worse, resulting in as many as 3 million infosec jobs being open.
According to the organization said, the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative, describing itself as a public-private coalition, will choose undergraduate or graduate degrees student applicants working toward the areas related to cybersecurity, especially engineering, computer science, information systems, and mathematics. With this initiative, students will get training where accepted students, who could receive up to USD 75,000 in loan assistance, to join the cybersecurity workforce with a guaranteed position at a federal agency for 2 years. As the reports noted, Microsoft, Mastercard, and Workday will also allocate certain positions specifically for program participants. Participants can submit their application throughout 18th October 2019 and the job placements will start in the summer of 2020.
The Cyber Talent Initiative, along with HHS comprises other federal agencies, including Veterans Affairs, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Department, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigations, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Federal Election Commission, Naval Intelligence and the Small Business Administration.