Recent workforce legislation and US Department of Labor directives, along with the current global focus on apprenticeship, provide a significant opportunity for industry and trade associations. They are now empowered to create strategies that justify funding and investment in a more unified and productive continuum of STEM, entrepreneurship and career technical education, workforce and economic development. The process will also expand the leadership positions of associations in lifelong learning and professional development across the entire continuum.
Cyber security carries the dual role of critical infrastructure protection and enabler of the entire STEM enterprise, which cannot exist without secure computer systems and networks. STEM activities and national security systems are built on these networks. In essence, the future economic and national security of any country is affected by the quality and quantity of its cyber security workforce.
(Jane Leclair - National Cybersecurity Institute)