Lunch & Learn Session Description:
- Theme: The Cyber Security Workforce Shortage and How to Address it: Apprenticeships aren’t just for the Trades anymore!
It is imperative for the national security and industrial productivity of our country and its allies that the workforce pipeline for cybersecurity professionals be filled with a plentitude of qualified workers.
A vast majority of organizations acknowledge it is difficult to recruit, hire and retain cybersecurity talent.
More than 300,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled today, and postings are up 74% over the previous five years.
More than 1.5 million cybersecurity workers will be needed globally by the year 2020 and the majority of this number is projected to remain unfilled. (Global Information Security Workforce Study, 2015). Some more recent studies project that number at almost double.
In this session, ABL will share information on what leading organizations are doing today to fill this critical workforce gap, identify non-traditional talent resources to fill the skills shortage, and how making the commitment to hire certified cyber apprentices is one of the key strategies to winning the “cyber war”.
about ABL Cyber academy
- The State of Arizona DES Apprenticeship Office approved ABL IT/Cyber Academy as the State’s first licensed vocational school to offer Arizona employers qualified individuals for cyber and IT apprenticeships.
- ABL is the proud provider of cyber security training and project management courses for the US Navy and the Defense Intelligence Agency and we help our commercial clients create a technically capable cyber security workforce to recognize and act effectively against attacks.
- ABL facilitators are “military” grade, many with security clearances, bringing the most current and relevant content and context to our clients and offering daily 1-1 tutoring and hands-on student labs.
- ABL is an authorized Training Center (ATC) by the leading companies in cyber and project management certifications.
- ABL supplements the ‘standard’ courseware with exclusive skill building and real-life practice sessions pre-, during, and post- certification training through regular attendance at the ABL Cyber Lab, a collaborative space for students, IT & InfoSec professionals, and anyone interested in cyber security to come together, study, learn new skills, and practice ethical hacking in a safe environment.
Tom Jenkins CEO, Advanced Business Learning, Inc.
Prior to the purchase of ABL, Mr. Jenkins was employed with Westinghouse Broadcasting as Director of Northeast Operations and Avon as a Division Manager. Mr. Jenkins has over 30 years’ experience in business development and management consulting with multiple levels of expertise in the design and development of training initiatives, and execution through delivery and facilitation.
Susan Morris, Senior Vice President, Advanced Business Learning, Inc.
Prior to the purchase of ABL, Ms. Morris held senior level positions in workforce effectiveness at Federated Department Stores and American Express. She has over 30 years’ experience in making sustained performance improvement a reality through designing and ensuring competency-linked training, performance measures that support business objectives, and management involvement in the learning process.
As ABL owners, Mr. Jenkins and Ms. Morris manage, direct and oversee all commercial and government client contracts, ensuring deliverables meet and exceed expectations, and advance ABL Cyber Academy’s mission – to develop a well-trained cyber security workforce versed in continuous improvement processes and advanced skill development