In 2014, Symantec Corporation committed to partner with YearUp, NPower, and LifeJourney to recruit a minimum of 45 under-served young adults (ages 18-29) in NYC, Baltimore and San Jose to become educated and certified in cyber security information.
Participating youth will receive an educational experience providing both hard and soft skills necessary for employment through the partner organizations, including cyber-security specific education enabling them to sit for industry-recognized certifications (A+, Network +, Security +) that will help them become valuable potential hires. They will have the option to take these exams during their program time or within one year of graduation, with the first exam fee(s) paid for by Symantec.
After the educational period ends, participants will apply for and interview for internships with partner organizations in each of three cities where the program will be piloted. The partners will be selected both from existing internship sites for YearUp and NPower and from among Symantec's top sales accounts. The same internship partners will be among those we anticipate will offer full time employment to successful participants.
The non-profits will assist the participants in finding meaningful internships and ultimately, permanent positions in cyber security. Success in the program will be measured at each significant milestone: the number of youth who complete the educational portion, the number who are accepted and complete an internship, and the number who are hired into cyber security roles at completion of the program. Participants will be tracked for one year after the completion of the program to measure the longer term impact of the program.
Symantec will provide funds to support the physical classrooms, pay for the overhead and the trainers, software and hardware requirements, Symantec product, other training materials, program and internship stipends, and provide Symantec volunteer employee trainers/mentors to assist the non-profits in achieving these goals. The total initial funding target is up to ,000,000 per annum.
We will launch our program at CGI America in June with a public announcement and by releasing funds to the two primary partners: YearUp and NPower.
Our first class of 45 participants in 3 locations (NYC, Baltimore and San Jose) will begin in September. Students will finish their program within 6 months and by February 2015 be engaged in their internship experience. (The two partners have slightly different training/internship calendars.)
Within a year (by September 2015), students will qualify for employment in cyber security entry level roles. We will continue to track participants for at least one year after completing the program.
The need for cyber security professionals in the United States is greater than ever. Data breaches are on the rise and organizations of all size are under direct attack from cyber criminals. Currently, an estimated 300,000 cyber security jobs cannot be filled according to the Cybersecurity Jobs Report. 20% of those positions could be filled by candidates without a 4 year college degree. In addition, the youth unemployment rate has reached 16% or double the national average. Furthermore, there is need to increase the number of women and people of color in cyber security roles.
Symantec is one of the world's largest software companies, We provide security, storage and systems management solutions to help customers - from consumers and small businesses to the largest global organizations - secure and manage their information-driven world against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently than any other company. CSR efforts typically focus on four areas: STEM Education, Diversity, Environmental Responsibility, and Online Safety. The objective with this program is to create an initiative offering shared value to customers, society and Symantec while addressing the issue of the hiring gap in cyber security.