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CyberForward by CISOSHARE is a partner enabled professional development program that first identifies and then rapidly develops effective job-ready cyber security professionals. Once readied, these professionals are connected to and integrated with hiring organizations.
The program was founded by Mike Gentile in April 2019 as a way to address both the cyber security resource shortage and the livable wage gap issues felt in many communities. It is managed as a division of CISOSHARE and recently rebranded under the CyberForward name in March 2020.
Key Points to Know
Our Recent Graduates are Ready for Work. 16 participants have graduated from the intern phase of the program, and are now ready for 3-6 month security analyst and vulnerability analyst assignments. Learn more about how CyberForward can help!
Our Next Program Cycle Starts on May 8th. We are looking for students now to pre-register for the virtual class by April 24th for the May 8th start date. Because of COVID-19, we are seeing tremendous demand, so pre-register now to guarantee a spot! To pre-register, please contact us!
CyberForward is Enabled by its Partner Network. We need more non-profit partners to identify students, volunteer mentors who can support students through a development cycle, hiring organizations to give participants projects once readied, as well as cyber security and staffing partners to engage more of their network as potential hiring organizations for participants. Join our Partner Network!
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Empowering Individuals and Organizations
Learn more about the success of our CyberForward interns with one of our first supporters and hiring partners, Pacific Life.
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Why Was It Created?
Solving the Resource Shortage and Bridging the Skills Gap. There's a stark shortage of resources in the cyber security industry, as well as many capable individuals that are having difficulties transitioning into the discipline. CyberForward is designed to tackle both of these issues, acting as a vehicle to remove common roadblocks to employment while connecting businesses to this large pool of untapped talent.
of polled organizations are suffering through a shortage of cyber security staff. — ISC2 Workforce Study
of companies have what they consider the right amount of cyber security staff. — ISC2 Workforce Study
of experts state lack of skilled cyber security personnel as a top concern. — Center for Strategic International Studies
open and unfilled cyber security positions around the world according to (ISC)².
How Does It Work?
We source candidates through our partners at United Way, Women Helping Women, and other groups and organizations. We focus on finding individuals with aptitudes for success in cyber security, not specific experiences or technical backgrounds.
Participants take part in a four-week foundational training taught by a member of CyberForward's security team to help candidates get background information on the cyber security industry and skills they need to be successful.
Employers can engage resources for 3-to-6-month projects with guidance from the CyberForward team of security experts at a heavily discounted rate.
Employers can extend or hire CyberForward resources for a small commission, all of which goes back into funding the program and future participants.
Creating a Community of Change
CyberForward utilizes a growing network of partners to support its rapid growth and reach, including:
Community Partners: Non-profits, for-profits, veteran, cyber security, and leading educational organizations that aid in sourcing program participants from the pools of people that they support.
Mentor Partners: Professionals working in cyber security, their organizations, or associations that provide professional development and support as volunteers throughout the program phases.
Talent Participants: Individuals that have aptitudes and the will and determination to be successful in the program.
Engagement and Staffing Partners: Cyber security consultancies, value added resellers, cyber technology solution companies or staffing providers that can refer program participants to hiring organizations for contracts or directly hire individuals at their own organization.
Hiring Organizations: Organizations that are growing their security programs and need more talent. These are organizations that can provide contract or full-time positions to participants in phases 4 and 5 of the program.
I'm Looking to Hire
As companies are facing a cyber security resource shortage, experienced and qualified talent is harder to come by. Take the burden of finding the right resources off your team — we find the right resources based on your organization's goals and needs.
I'd Like To Be a Partner
Our partner network makes this program possible. From helping to identify students, to providing volunteer mentors, supplying projects for participants, or engaging your networks as hiring organizations, we are always looking for new partners to join our program.
I'm a Student
We look for candidates with specific aptitudes rather than specific experience or backgrounds. You don’t need technical skills to start your career in cyber security. If you’re a quick learner, work well in teams, and think logically, you have what it takes.
Establishing a Culture of Learning
Listen to Founder, President, and CEO Mike Gentile talk with Gene Hammet about how he created the program with a focus on a learning culture.
Bringing Knowledge and Experience to Capable People
Cyber security is one of the fastest-growing career fields today. Companies are spending more time focusing on security and need more qualified individuals to work in specialized roles. The problem is that existing certification programs don’t emphasize the right skills.
"CyberForward filled an important gap in bringing new cyber security resources to Pacific Life’s Cybersecurity team. We looked at the different skillsets that program participants had and matched them according to our internal teams’ wants and desires to ensure their mutual success. After some topic-specific training and finding the right cadence within their teams, many of the CyberForward candidates were ready to get working on the production floor. The program participants work seamlessly with their teams and other groups, bringing an inspiring energy and willingness with them. They improve not only the capacity of the teams that they work on, but a supportive human element with their diverse backgrounds and interactions.
The work that CISOSHARE has done with the CyberForward Program is giving people in Orange County meaningful and relevant opportunities regardless of background or previous experience. Pacific Life is proud to sponsor these interns professionally and work with CISOSHARE on creating the community that supports them."
— Scott, Director Governance Risk and Compliance
CyberForward and Pacific Life
Experienced Security Resources
Resources are available for third-party risk management, vulnerability management, and policy management.
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