The United States government allocates $3.6 million to address the cybersecurity skills gap.

The United States government allocates $3.6 million to address the cybersecurity skills gap.

NIST allotted cooperation agreements worth nearly $3.6 million to strengthen the cybersecurity workforce in an effort to combat the growing threat of cyberattacks.

NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the United States, announced the approval of nearly $3.6 million in cooperative agreements with the objective of assembling a workforce to assist organizations in mitigating cybersecurity threats. 

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On April 3, the NIST, a division of the Department of Commerce, made an announcement regarding the allocation of grants totaling approximately $200,000 to fifteen states’ education and community-focused organizations in an effort to mitigate the scarcity of proficient cybersecurity personnel.

The cooperative agreements will be supervised by NICE, a partnership between the private sector, academic institutions, and the government. As such, they will represent a multisectoral endeavor.

The investment, according to NIST director Laurie E. Locascio, is filling a “critical gap” in the cybersecurity workforce. 

“Our economic and national security depend on a highly skilled workforce capable of defending against ever-increasing cyber threats.”

NICE-funded CyberSeek, an American instrument that analyzes data regarding the cybersecurity job market, estimates that there have been approximately 450,000 cybersecurity job openings on the local market over the past year.

NIST stated at the time that there were 82 available workers to complete every 100 cybersecurity job openings, emphasizing the urgency of the current initiative.

According to Statista, the number of reported instances of private data exposure for U.S. government entities reached a minimum of 100 in 2023, representing an increase from 74 the year prior. The violations in question had an impact on the personal information of 15 million people’s personal information. 

The Consumer Sentinel Network reports that data breaches impacted over 353 million people in 2023.

In addition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported in its Internet Crime Report that public cybercrime complaints increased by 10% from 2022 to 2023, totaling 880,418.

fraud Sniffer reports that phishing fraud thefts on Base have increased 1,900% since January.

By 2025, the cumulative expense of harm resulting from cybercrime is anticipated to amount to $10.5 trillion.

NIST plans to collaborate with award grantees to construct the Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) cybersecurity education and workforce development in order to align with local businesses and nonprofits in need of a cybersecurity workforce.

NIST also spearheaded efforts to establish an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Safety Institute consortium in November of last year, in response to a Biden administration executive order on AI safety policies. 


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