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Bipartisan Senate Group Presents New Cybersecurity Education Bill

Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., and John Thune, R-S.D., have introduced a bill that aims to fortify the country’s cybersecurity education and workforce.

The Harvesting American Cybersecurity Knowledge through Education or HACKED Act would support cybersecurity education programs led by certain agencies, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation said Monday.

Programs from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NASA and the Department of Transportation will receive support to strengthen cybersecurity in commercial and government sectors.

The legislation would also tailor education efforts for cybersecurity workforce needs, augment cyber awareness guidelines, recruit cybersecurity educators and establish cybersecurity career paths.

The bill would additionally create a working group within the Office of Science and Technology Policy to boost coordination across federal cyber workforce efforts.

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