OHUB Launches Cybersecurity Jobs Initiative for Black Women in Conjunction with New Cybersecurity Opportunities Act Just Passed in US Senate

New Job Training Program Opens Doors for Black Women in Tech and Expands Opportunities for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Under New Dr. David Satcher Cybersecurity Education Grant Program

ATLANTE, September 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — With the recent passage of the US Senate’s Cybersecurity Opportunity Act, which is part of the CHIPS and the science law of 2022, Opportunity Hub (OHUB) has launched a new initiative to promote gender and racial equity in technology by working to increase the number of black women in cybersecurity. In partnership with GET Cities and The Links, Incorporated, the Black Women in Cyberspace Initiative is OHUB’s new program that will work to advance the number and proportion of Black women in cybersecurity. The initiative will provide early exposure, expert-led training, employer-recognized certificates, and resources that will prepare women for the fast-growing field of cybersecurity.

“The policy sets precedent as a pathway to black prosperity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and beyond. To that end, OHUB remains committed to producing and programming policy on behalf of black people and all of our allies all over the world,” said Rodney Samson, Executive Chairman and CEO of Opportunity Hub. “It was a pleasure to work with Congressman Hank Johnson on the codification of the Cybersecurity Opportunity Act; and we are also excited about our collaboration with the Second Muse Foundation, GET Cities, The Links, Incorporated, and our team of experts, facilitators, training institutions and employees. Together, we can expose, educate and position thousands, if not millions, of members of the Black community for opportunities in cybersecurity and beyond.”

In July of this year, US Senator Jon Ossoff (GA) and US Representative Hank Johnson (GA) successfully introduced bipartisan legislation to boost professional cybersecurity training programs at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The legislation also established the “Dr. David Satcher Cybersecurity Education Grant Program,” named after the former US Surgeon General, to expand cybersecurity training programs at HBCUs, tribal institutions, minority-serving institutions, and other colleges and universities that serve a high proportion. of Pell Grant recipients in Georgia and nationally.

“As threats to our national security escalate and affect our power grid, water systems and critical transportation infrastructure, the need to expand our cybersecurity capabilities must also keep pace,” said the congressman. Hank Johnson, chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, and lead sponsor of the House Cybersecurity Opportunities Act. “It is critically important that as we grow our cybersecurity sector, we diversify our pool of talent and expertise in this industry – and where better to leverage existing capacity than our historically black colleges and universities and organizations like Opportunity Hub?”

According to Cybersecurity Ventures, the global cost of cybercrime is expected to reach six trillion dollars by the end of this year and $10.5 trillion by 2025. Even as companies bolster their digital security teams to stay safe online, there are still far fewer women and people of color in cybersecurity roles. OHUB’s new initiative will provide women of color with greater access to cybersecurity training, which will position them to be job-ready and strong contributors in the field. To support the skills development of the next generation workforce, IBM is offering Fortinet Training Institute’s Network Security Expert program free of charge to learners who enroll in the Skillsbuild platform. With this additional support, women participating in this initiative will be able to enter the cybersecurity field with confidence, meet industry demands, and continually develop skills to advance their careers.

“Our research underscores the need for early exposure to cybersecurity career options for women and girls to address the barriers that disproportionately prevent diverse talent from entering the industry,” said the chief executive. from GET Cities (DC), Ayanna Smith. “Helping women understand the factors that affect their ability to pass background checks and obtain security clearances can have a huge impact on the number of women of color who become qualified to fill the thousands of jobs in cybersecurity that remain vacant every year.”

Under this new partnership, GET Cities will make a strategic investment to leverage Opportunity Hub’s national profile and top-rated training programs to expose up to 350 women of color to definitive certification programs. cybersecurity recognized by employers. The objectives of this new partnership are:

  • Promote cybersecurity as an entrepreneurial, investment and career path through webinars, Ask me anything with industry professionals, and events and experiences with The Links, Incorporated to effectively reach more Black women.
  • Onboard up to 500 women of color with free access to OHUB-curated learning paths on IBM Skillsbuild (e.g., Work culture, incredible archetypes, introduction to the basics of cybersecurity).
  • Increase the number of Black women enrolled in OHUB’s nationwide network of top-rated cybersecurity requalification boot camps.

Benefits for participants include:

  • Specialized masterclasses with cybersecurity experts.
  • OHUB membership and free access to the NSE 1-7 certification program.
  • Support from advisors and industry experts to enroll in top-notch immersive training programs, such as Pivot Technology School, which offers data analytics, software development, and cybersecurity training in cohorts bootcamp-style.
  • Job placement assistance and career coaching in cybersecurity.

“With this initiative, black women will finally have the opportunity to enter this rapidly expanding field and change their career and investment prospects to both contribute to and unlock the great potential for innovation, leadership, creativity and investment in cybersecurity,” said Kieran Whites, Chief Growth Officer of Opportunity Hub. “Most importantly, this program is extremely important because it has far-reaching effects in all areas of Black women’s lives. Program participants will begin a transformational journey to prepare themselves and other members of their families and communities. their community, to the economic opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

For more information on the Black Women in Cyberspace Initiative by OHUB, visit https://opportunityhub.co/cyber.

About Opportunity HUB
Co-founded in 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia by Rodney and Shanterria Sampson following on from the highly successful Kingonomic’ large-scale book and conferences, Opportunity HUB (OHUB) is the leading platform for developing ecosystems of technologies, startups and companies created to ensure that everyone has a path to multigenerational wealth creation without depending on wealth pre-existing multigenerational. Today, OHUB is the parent company of a collection of companies committed to increasing racial equity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution; including a nonprofit foundation and ecosystem activation investment fund, 100 Black Angels & Allies Fund.

About GET Cities
GET Cities is an initiative designed to accelerate the representation and leadership of women, transgender and non-binary people in technology through the development of inclusive technology hubs across United States. GET Cities is powered by SecondMuse and Break Through Tech, in partnership with Pivotal Ventures, the investment and incubation company created by Melinda French Doors. GET Cities is now available Chicago and the DC metro area, and launched in miami in January 2022.

About The Links, Incorporated
The Links, Incorporated is an international nonprofit corporation, established in 1946. Membership consists of more than 16,000 professional women of African descent in 292 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Colombia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamasand the UK. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary service organizations made up of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, supporting, and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other people. of African descent.

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