White House Accepts 1.5K Cybersecurity Training Applications

The White House received 1,500 applications for an initiative that seeks to provide cybersecurity training to federal government employees, Nextgov reported Friday.

The Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy program is managed by the CIO Council's Workforce Committee and the Department of Education and is designed to address the shortage of cybersecurity-trained government employees through fundamental cyber defense analysis training. Applicants completed online tests in critical thinking and problem solving through March 1. Participants who passed will receive notification on April 1 and are required to validate their participation on or before April 15.

“It shows there’s a great desire from our federal employees to transition into the cybersecurity career field,” said Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer at the Office of Management and Budget.

The training is slated to run from April 15 through July and will be held in Washington, D.C.

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