CompTIA Gets NIST Research Grant for Cyber Jobs Heat Map; Rodney Petersen Comments

cybersecurityThe National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded the Computing Technology Industry Association a three-year grant to perform research and develop a tool that will help visualize the supply and demand of cybersecurity jobs in the country.

CompTIA has received $249,000 in initial funding from NIST’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education to collaborate with job market research and analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies to create a “heat map” of cybersecurity jobs, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

NIST launched the project as part of the Commerce Department’s Skills for Business program.

The proposed tool “will help students and job-seekers understand the diverse career pathways available to them and can influence education and training providers to align their curriculum and programs to address emerging workforce needs,” said Rodney Petersen, NICE director.

NIST expects CompTIA to release the first version of the heat map late next year.

The nonprofit trade group will use job titles, certifications, educational qualifications, work experience and skills to arrange job postings into categories based on NICE’s National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework and will work to update the jobs heat map every three months.

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