US gov’t commits $3.6M to address cybersecurity skill shortage

NIST allocated nearly $3.6 million in cooperative agreements to enhance the cybersecurity workforce aiming to combat the growing threat of cyberattacks.

The United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) said it awarded cooperative agreements of almost $3.6 million, aiming to build a workforce to help guard businesses against cybersecurity risks. 

The NIST, an agency of the Department of Commerce, announced on April 3 that 18 education and community-focused organizations in 15 states will receive grants of roughly $200,000 to address the shortage of skilled cybersecurity employees.

The cooperative agreements will be a multisector effort as they will be overseen by NICE — a partnership between government, academia and private entities.

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