Despite the nationwide pandemic, the number of cybersecurity job openings in Idaho saw a 28% increase in 2020 with an estimated 1,200 available postings through the course of the year. Since 2015, openings for cybersecurity jobs have grown by 160%, sustained by accelerating demand across multiple industry sectors. Nationwide, job postings rose to more than 350,000 in 2020.
The University of Idaho is using a $463,026 industry sector grant from the Idaho Department of Labor to partner with (ISC)² ® to provide students with training and certification through the (ISC)2 Global Academic Program (GAP).
(ISC)² ® is the largest nonprofit membership body of certified information and software security professionals in the world.
Through the agreement, (ISC)2 provides students and professionals the opportunity to gain the knowledge and industry certification needed to enter the cybersecurity industry. The initiative is an important part of the GAP’s goal to establish industry/academic cooperation and fill the increasing demand for qualified cybersecurity professionals.