Cybersecurity nonprofit leader chosen to co-lead national group

CyberUp Executive Director Tony Bryan, serves as co-chair for apprenticeship group

Tony Bryan, executive director of CyberUp, has been selected to serve as the co-chair for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Apprenticeship Sub Working Group. CyberUp is a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission is to cultivate the cybersecurity talent pipeline. Its interests include both Greater St. Louis and Metro East.

The subgroup is designed to provide a mechanism in which public and private sector participants can develop concepts, design strategies, and pursue actions that advance cybersecurity apprenticeships throughout the United States.

The subgroup has already developed a national landscape tracker to identify current and in-development cybersecurity apprenticeship programs. Future projects include analysis of learning models, the potential return on investment with the adoption of apprenticeships, and how to scale the entire apprenticeship ecosystem.

“It is an honor to be selected to serve in this role and a testament to the hard work of the entire CyberUp team over the last three years. I am excited to have the ability to impact the national apprenticeship conversation and represent the St. Louis region,” said Bryan.

In 2017, CyberUp created the third in the country cybersecurity Registered Apprenticeship Program designed to train and place non-traditional candidates in high demand technology roles. Since the launch of the program, they have trained more than 500 people to receive industry-recognized credentials and helped over 100 individuals start their careers. The program has quickly become the standard other regional programs have followed and that effort has been recognized nationally.

To learn more about the working group and the efforts, visit https://www.nist.gov/itl/applied-cybersecurity/nice/about/working-group/apprenticeship-subgroup.

To learn more, visit wecyberup.org, or contact Tony Bryan at [email protected] or (314) 764-5419.

About NICE

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce, is a partnership between government, academia and the private sector focused on cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. The mission of NICE is to energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. NICE fulfills this mission by coordinating with government, academic, and industry partners to build on existing successful programs, facilitate change and innovation and bring leadership and vision to increase the number of skilled cybersecurity professionals helping to keep the nation secure.

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