US government to reskill employees in cybersecurity

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Wednesday, 05 December, 2018

US government to reskill employees in cybersecurity

Several US government agencies have announced the first Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy (FCRA) pilot program to provide training in cybersecurity for public sector staff.

The FCRA program is being led by the Office of Management and Budget, the Federal CIO Council and the Department of Education.

The reskilling initiative forms part of US President Donald Trump’s Management Agenda and Government Reform Plan, which include a commitment to developing a federal workforce for the 21st century.

The initial phase of the program will only be open to federal employees who do not currently work in the IT field. Participants will complete a three-month curriculum consisting of training courses on cyber essentials, bootcamps and final certification exams. The second phase will be open to all federal employees.

“Cybersecurity is a key priority for this administration. This is why we need to continue to transform and modernise our efforts to improve our cyber posture,” Federal CIO Suzette Kent said.

“I’m thrilled to see the Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy pilot class take off as a path to train federal employees to join our cyber defenders.”

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