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Building the Cyber Workforce of the Future in NYC

Oct 22 2019
Digital Network. Photo by Doug Wenjie/Getty Images.

Cyber Bootcamp, run by Fullstack Academy, in partnership with NYCEDC, is an accelerated training program to prepare high school graduates, particularly those from underserved communities, for local jobs in cybersecurity.

Cyberattacks are increasing at an alarming rate, and most companies don’t have the talent they need to protect their data and their customers from growing cyber risks.

Take this harsh reality: Ransomware attacks grow 350 percent each year,1 but globally, it’s projected that up to 3.5 million cyber jobs will be unfilled by 2021. And the majority of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) around the world are worried about the cybersecurity skills gap2, with 58% of them believing the problem of not having expert cybersecurity staff will only get worse.3

To meet this urgent need and to defend against the growing onslaught of attacks, the cybersecurity workforce of the future needs to be large, flexible, and diverse. NYCEDC is building this new generation of cyber talent here in New York City.

Cyber NYC

In 2018, we launched Cyber NYC with a coalition of education and industry partners. The groundbreaking, $100 million public-private investment, which The New York Times called “among the nation’s most ambitious cybersecurity initiatives,” aims to establish New York City as a global leader in cybersecurity. Over the next decade, Cyber NYC’s programs will catalyze 10,000 cyber jobs, help fuel new startups, and protect the city’s anchor employers.

New York City is positioned to be a global leader in this growing field with the launch of Cyber NYC, an unprecedented initiative.
James Patchett
President and CEO, NYCEDC

Cyber Bootcamp

A central pillar of Cyber NYC’s work is bridging the talent gap by drawing on the city’s diverse talent pool and connecting people to a variety of training and education programs. To do this, the initiative is developing new talent pipelines through partnerships between academia and industry. One of these efforts, Cyber Bootcamp, run by Fullstack Academy, is an accelerated training program that prepares New Yorkers for local jobs in cybersecurity. And a partnership with LaGuardia Community College’s Cyber Bootcamp Bridge Program provides additional support and mentorship to 150 students from underserved communities to ensure Cyber Bootcamp is widely accessible.

Programs like Cyber Bootcamp give participants the opportunities, technical and soft skills, and employer networks they need, while offering employers a diverse pool of candidates with market-aligned skills.

The high demand for cybersecurity skills presents a unique opportunity for students from underserved/underrepresented communities to enter into a rapidly growing technology career.
David Yang
Founder, Fullstack Academy

Through innovative partnerships like Cyber Bootcamp, Cyber NYC is closing the readiness gap and delivering in-demand skills that directly meet industry needs. And these initiatives are building a more inclusive business community that better reflects—and benefits from—New York City’s diversity.

Cyber Bootcamp recently graduated its first cohort of students in September 2019. Meet them in the video below.

Cyber NYC Fullstack Graduation

Join us to build a stronger, more inclusive talent pipeline that will keep your company, and New Yorkers, safe. For more information, visit or email us at [email protected].

3. “As discussed later in the report, the lack of suitable technologies and inability to hire and retain expert staff are the two factors most respondents see as barriers to a stronger cybersecurity posture.”