October, 2014 marks the 11th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
Safari is proud to provide access to information security learning resources for active and retired military personnel via the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs (MWR). Safari’s library of thousands of books, videos, and training courses helps military personnel and their family members attain certification and credentials in a range of established and emerging technologies, including security, privacy, and advanced networking and engineering.
“Thousands of government employees depend on Safari as a trusted resource to help them learn and grow in their careers,” said Keith Fahlgren, Safari Program Manager, Information Technology. “Our high-availability infrastructure ensures our books and video content is available securely wherever military members are living, stationed or deployed.”
United States information security jobs are growing at a rate of 36.5 percent – making it the fastest growing occupation in software development, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
HP’s enterprise and security chief Art Gilliland, recently quoted in Fortune magazine, estimates that nearly 40 percent of junior-level information security jobs are unfilled and more than 50 percent are vacant at the senior and manager level.
Last month, the Army activated its first “Cyber Protection Brigade” – one initiative of a larger investment into cyber security and the U.S. Cyber Command. The investment in information security training is also part of an effort to fill the ranks for a new Military Occupational Specialty – Cyber Network Defender 25D, and access to the most updated reference and training material is critical to keeping up with the fast-changing technology behind it.
“Technical references are constantly refreshed with rapid advances in technology, and access to Safari enables me and my subordinates to maintain a level of technical proficiency that would not be possible without this benefit,” said one Lieutenant, whose name was withheld on request. “The continued technical superiority of our personnel depends upon access to this cutting-edge resource.”
The U.S. Naval Academy aims to build cyber security as an accredited degree by 2016. The Academy is working with ABET, a science, technology and engineering accreditation non-profit, non-governmental organization. The goal of this partnership is to build momentum for cyber security degree accreditation with other colleges and universities.
The U.S. Air Force is expanding their 24th Air Force and looking for airmen who have CompTIA Security+ certification. The advanced cyber training and specialization creates additional opportunity for enlistment bonuses, civilian job-placement and overall job security.
“Many of Safari’s most important customers are in highly regulated industries and government entities,” explains Fahlgren. “We are continuously and vigilantly refining and improving our internal practices and policies around data security.”
Reports indicate that cyber security funding is a priority for all military branches. The Military Times reported that U.S. Cyber Command’s budget doubled to $447 million in 2014. In August, the Department of Homeland Security awarded a $6 billion cyber security contract to civilian agencies to provide diagnostic tools and services to identify and reduce risk in cyber security.
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