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Special Webcast: Innovative workforce development programs to reskill new cybersecurity professionals – February 18, 2020 3:30pm US/Eastern

  • Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 at 3:30 PM EST (20:30:00 UTC)
  • Max Shuftan, Bill Seaman, Michael Mourelatos, Sarah Kearsley

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It is no secret that there is a significant dearth of technical cybersecurity professionals. To effectively close this growing skills gap, we must radically enhance the talent pipeline by identifying and reskilling individuals with high aptitude and passion. While traditional academic routes often fail to attract under-represented populations into cybersecurity, recruitment efforts have proven effective by engaging these groups at the career transition stage. We will highlight successful programs that have reskilled hundreds of individuals through training and certification and into cyber jobs over the past four years as well as innovative employer approaches to talent development.

Speaker Bio

Maxwell Shuftan

Max leads business development for the CyberTalent division of the SANS Institute. In this role, he conducts outreach and external engagement to employers and non-profit organizations. SANS CyberTalent helps organizations in both the public and private sectors address their cybersecurity human capital needs through programs like VetSuccess, the Women’s Immersion Academy, and others.

Max has worked in the public affairs and stakeholder engagement arena of cybersecurity for the last five years, working with Government, corporate, and not-for-profit organizations, most recently as a Vice President at Cambridge Global Advisors, a homeland security strategic advisory services firm. He also previously served as the national recruitment director for the Cyber Aces Foundation, a nonprofit organization that trained and educated veterans, jobseekers, and students in cybersecurity via online training modules. Max also has supported the Department of Homeland Security’s CyberSkills Management Support Initiative (CMSI), an initiative within NPPD focused on building partnerships with academic institutions and NGOs as well as growing the cybersecurity talent pipeline through programs like the Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative.

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