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#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Agencies Post Opportunities for Reskilling Academy Grads to Use Their New Cyber Skills

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

As the Trump administration works to reskill current federal employees to meet the workforce needs of the 21st century, lead agencies are now making sure there are jobs for those trainees to transition to—at least temporarily.

Wednesday, the Office of Management and Budget and Office of Personnel Management, in conjunction with the Federal Chief Information Officers Council, announced the first wave of “temporary detail opportunities.” Nine positions were posted to the Open Opportunities job board, where current federal employees can find temporary or part-time work with other agencies to improve their skills.

While the details are open to any qualified federal employee, the latest push is intended to create opportunities for graduates of the Cyber Reskilling Academy.

“We cannot overcome the shortage in the federal cybersecurity workforce overnight,” Federal CIO Suzette Kent said Wednesday in a statement. “By continuing to invest and support reskilling programs, coupled with hands-on opportunities to apply those skills, the federal government is positioning itself to strengthen our cybersecurity workforce capabilities.”

The Reskilling Academy launched in April 2019 with an initial cohort of 25 students, plucked from more than 2,000 applicants from across government with no prior cybersecurity or IT background. Those students went through 13 weeks of training and came out the other side with a set of basic cyber defense skills. However, due to the nature of the federal employment hierarchy—known as the General Schedule—those graduates were not able to immediately transition to cybersecurity jobs.

OMB recognized the job placement issue and began looking at ways to move the program forward, including first broaching the idea in October of using Open Opportunities.

“By serving as a governmentwide bulletin board for short-term assignments, details and training opportunities around the federal government, Open Opportunities will help agencies tap into the valuable talent and skills we already have and are developing within government,” said OPM Director Dale Cabaniss.

The postings that went live Wednesday do not give specific timeline for the details. However, back in October, OPM Principal Deputy Associate Director for Employee Services Veronica Villalobos told Nextgov the agency was looking at nine-month tours.

Three agencies—Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the Veterans Affairs Department and the Environmental Protection Agency—posted nine openings Wednesday to Open Opportunities, most with multiple positions available.

The posts contain a brief description of the office seeking assistance, a rundown of the tasks the employee will be asked to perform and a list of skills they should expect to leave with when the detail is done.

Most of the openings focus on policy and security assessments. For example, the VA opportunity is for a “junior IT specialist to prepare, deploy and transition DOD/VA electronic health records.” In this role, the detailee will work with the Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization to review documentation for the authority to operate—a certification verifying a baseline of cybersecurity for an application—and make edits and recommendations, as needed.

Similarly, CISA has two to five openings for GS-12 to GS-15 employees to serve as cyber policy and strategy planners. The position “[d]evelops policies and plans and/or advocates for changes in policy that support organizational cyberspace initiatives or required changes/enhancements,” per the posting, which cites the job description directly from the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, or NICE.

The administration is also looking to expand the Reskilling Academy outside of OMB. In the president’s 2021 budget proposal, OMB directed departments to include funding for a distributed reskilling effort run independently out of each agency but based on the central Reskilling Academy model. Per the plan, the administration hopes to reskill some 400,000 federal employees in cybersecurity, data science and other technology-focused areas.

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Hackers could kill #patients by #attacking their #pacemakers, warns #Royal Academy of Engineering

Hackers could kill patients by attacking their pacemakers or heart pumps, the Royal Academy of Engineering has warned.

In a new report, security experts warned that health tech is vulnerable to cyberattacks which could have ‘severe consequences’ for patient safety.

The RAENG warned that the number of the number of healthcare devices which are susceptible to hacking is growing which not only poses a threat to individuals, but also provides a way to gain access to entire networks.

The experts cautioned that pacemakers or wearable health monitors which are linked up to the internet or internal computer networks could also provide a gateway for hackers to plant ransomware into systems, potentially crippling in the NHS or government departments.

Some US hospitals have already been infected by the Wannacry and Medjack computer viruses after hackers targeted medical devices which were not protected.

Professor Nick Jennings, a fellow of the RAENG and Vice Provost at Imperial College London said: “There is genuine harm that can be done through poor cyber security on medical devices, on future-connected homes, on autonomous vehicles, and if they are not dealt with then that will lead to harms and deaths.

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National Flight Academy plans first-of-its kind cybersecurity camp for Pensacola-area kids

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National Flight Academy plans first-of-its kind cybersecurity camp for Pensacola-area kids

Instead of swimming, surfing or horseback riding, summer camp for some Pensacola-area kids involves sitting in a room filled with computer screens and learning about cybersecurity. Students will practice writing computer code, encrypting messages and thwarting hacking attempts in a new camp planned by the National Flight Academy in July….

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City’s Success Academy charter schools come out in support of transgender students

The operator of the city’s largest charter school network has come out in support of transgender kids and immigrant students, as new federal policies are fill some local families with fear.

In the letter sent to home to families and delivered to staffers Monday, Success Academy network founder Eva Moskowitz urged educators, students and parents to guard against the bullying of transgender students after the Trump administration moved to revoke federal guidelines allowing those kids to use restrooms that correspond to their gender identity.

Moskowitz wrote the federal changes would not affect policies at her schools allowing transgender kids to use the bathrooms they prefer.

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Success Academy One of Three Finalists for Broad Prize for Charter Schools – Charters & Choice – Education Week

Texas-based Yes Prep and IDEA Public Schools are finalists for the annual Broad Prize along with Success Academy.

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Education’s Nixon: The Success Academy Debacle – The K-12 Contrarian – Education Week

A lot has been said about the video that surfaced recently of the charter school teacher belittling her student for not doing what was on her paper. That teacher’s boss, Eva Moskowitz, may have more in common with Richard Nixon, of all people, than you’d think.

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Cyber security firm owner creates Hacker Academy

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Cyber security firm owner creates Hacker Academy

Steve Barone, the owner and CEO of CBI, got his start in business selling Atari and Commodore home computers in an East Detroit shop in the 1980s. The native Detroiter dropped out of Wayne State University, but found a job he enjoyed and paid the bills. He also sold PCs for ITT Courier, and later, decided to started his own firm, Creative Breakthroughs Inc., which now specializes in information technology and goes by the initials CBI. This year, the company moved its headquarters from Ferndale to Detroit. “Computer security is a very real issue today,” Barone, 51, said. “I got a text this morning from a third party that made it sound like my bank account had been actioned from somewhere. I isolated the link, put it on a separate laptop, opened it up in a protected browser, and found out it was a hacking attempt.” CBI — which has about 100 employees and expects sales of $52 million this year — also offers workers and companies opportunities to learn new information technology skills and test their security in what Barone has playfully named the Cyber Range and the Hacking Academy. In the next few years, he said, he aims to take the company public. Barone — whose name is pronounced with the long e at the […]

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Gymnastics academy head charged with child porn, molestation

INDIANAPOLIS —The head of an Indianapolis gymnastics academy is facing state and federal child molestation and child pornography charges.

Marion County prosecutors charged 48-year-old Marvin Sharp with four counts of child molestation and three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor Monday. Prosecutors allege Sharp took inappropriate photographs and repeatedly touched a young woman inappropriately while he was her gymnastics coach.

Federal prosecutors have charged Sharp with knowing receipt of child pornography and knowing possession of child pornography. They say investigators found thousands of sexually explicit images of minors in a safe in Sharp’s home and more in a file cabinet at his gymnasium.

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The Hacker Academy

The Hacker Academy

The Hacker Academy provides a unique learning experience, teaching infosec from the hacker’s perspective. You might have heard the phrase, “it takes one to know one mentality”. Our philosophy is to arm our members with the knowledge necessary to practice, […]

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