CBI proudly sponsored the first annual MCISSE CyberPatriot CON, which took place Friday, May 3 at the University of Detroit-Mercy. The event celebrated more than 500 of Michigan’s “Hometown Cyber Heroes,” middle- and high-school students who competed in the 11th season of the national CyberPatriot program.
The day began with a few keynote speeches including Security Mentor’s Dan Lohrmann, who also spoke at the recent IoT Tech Connect, along with an honors and awards ceremony to recognize students, coaches and mentors for their outstanding work over the last year.
Celebrating the Cybersecurity Pros of the Future
Director of Strategic Programs Alice Schlienz and Security Analyst Zak Sarakun spoke to the students on behalf of CBI while Training and Development Manager Janae Brosko and Vice President of Human Resources Rebecca Dioso also represented CBI.
The CBI team, along with several other local industry experts, hosted a Q&A session with the students about their journey into the cybersecurity field. Alice and Zak gave their perspectives on the importance of internships for establishing a foothold into the security industry and technical certifications for honing critical skills in the immediate term and continuous education in the long term.
The demand for Cybersecurity skills in the workplace has never been greater, and it keeps growing. At the end of 2018, the (isc)2 estimated the global shortage of cybersecurity talent was approximately 3 million, and the number continues to rise each year. In ISACA’s 2019 State of Cybersecurity report, 58% of nearly 1600 companies worldwide reported a staggering number of unfilled cybersecurity positions due to the shortage of skilled professionals.
“Attending and sponsoring the Midwest CyberPatriot event gives me great hope for the future,” said Alice Schlienz. “It was great to talk to so many middle-schoolers and high schoolers who are excited about cybersecurity and already thinking about their future careers in our industry that really needs them. Many of these young minds are excited and understand the significance of securing everything from their phones to self-driving cars and IoT devices.”
Here at CBI, we have seen this need and have welcomed many college graduates providing real-world, hands-on experience and on-the-job training at their first cybersecurity job. Next year, we hope to offer college internships to give the best and brightest an opportunity to explore a career in cybersecurity with CBI.
CBI is honored to support the CyberPatriot program, and we wish the best of luck to everyone who participated as they grow into their cybersecurity careers. Congrats!