The 2015-2019 5-Year Report to determine the effectiveness of GenCyber at reaching its goals is now available
The GenCyber program strives to be a part of the solution to the Nation’s shortfall of skilled cybersecurity professionals. The vision of the program is to inspire the next generation of cyber stars by working with academic and federal partners to ignite cybersecurity awareness and teach sound cybersecurity fundamentals that strengthen the K-12 cybersecurity ecosystem and the Nation's future workforce.
The GenCyber program seeks to ignite and sustain cybersecurity interest at the K-12 level in order to build a competent, diverse, and adaptable cybersecurity workforce pipeline through alignment with the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C).
The supply of cybersecurity professionals has fallen far short of demand, with some studies estimating the gap being as large as 600,000 professionals needed to meet the Nation’s demand. We hope to help turn that around.
In addition, cybersecurity is rarely taught in schools even within computer science classes. We hope to help change that by spurring best practices in cybersecurity pedagogy across content areas and development of curricula and lesson plans that can be used to infuse cybersecurity principles across many subject areas.
Cybersecurity is vital to the future of the United States, not just at the government level, but also at the industrial, economic, academic, and personal levels as well. It is critical that young students have a basic understanding of cybersecurity so that as they learn through their schooling and personal experiences, they can see how cybersecurity impacts all aspects of their lives, be it through social media, economic situations, or physical devices.
Our country is entering an era where numerous household items, personal computing devices, and business systems are being connected to “The Internet of Things”. In this rapidly evolving technology environment, everyone needs to be cognizant of cybersecurity. Whether you are an NSA analyst, an accountant, an electrician, or a stay-at-home parent, these devices will become increasingly important in our lives. We need both broad awareness of cybersecurity in the general population and experts in the field who can identify and mitigate vulnerabilities.
Several of GenCyber’s partners offer resources for those in the K-12 environment.
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency:
National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies | Home page (cisa.gov)
National Initiative Cybersecurity Education (NICE):
National Science Foundation:
Each proposal must include certain requirements regardless of camp type; the following would disqualify a proposal from being funded: