As the country slowly re-opens, virtual courses introduce unemployed Americans to the growing, high-paying cybersecurity industry
In response to escalating cybercrime rates during the COVID-19 crisis, Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp, New York City’s cybersecurity bootcamp partner, announced an initiative to offer free introductory courses to people nationwide, providing an opportunity for individuals to explore the cybersecurity industry as a potential career path.
This initiative enables thousands of Americans in between jobs or searching for a new career opportunity to participate in nearly 40 hours of introductory cybersecurity training courses for free. Originally scheduled to launch in late 2020 to support under-served New York City residents, the training was accelerated to launch today and expanded nationwide to help people across the U.S. recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19 by introducing them to the growing cybersecurity industry.
“Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp has already become a national leader in cybersecurity training since opening its first campus in New York City last year,” said Nimit Maru, co-founder and co-CEO of Fullstack Academy. “Our partnership with NYCEDC enables us to support the country’s economic recovery, introducing Americans to new careers, while also filling the significant skills gap in the cybersecurity industry.”
According to Cybersecurity Ventures, there were over 500,000 open cybersecurity jobs nationally before COVID-19, with more than 29,000 open positions in New York City (CyberSeek). This is expected to increase significantly as the pandemic continues to impact the U.S. A recent Bitdefender report showed healthcare, government, and other verticals are increasingly targeted with pandemic-related malware, as there was a 475% percent increase in malicious COVID-19 reports in March, compared with February.