Lockheed Martin today announced its plans to support the US Cyber Challenge (USCC), an initiative designed to create a pipeline of cybersecurity professionals from high school through college and beyond. Its unique use of multiple and scalable talent competitions and talent development initiatives enables individuals to develop their skills, gain access to advanced training and achieve recognition with scholarships, internships and jobs.
"Protecting our competitive advantage and digital infrastructure requires the expertise of trained cyber security professionals. We realize that Lockheed Martin's leadership in cybersecurity and STEM efforts can only succeed through partnership with organizations such as the US Cyber Challenge," said Charles Croom, vice President of Cyber Security Solutions, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions.
Recent studies have shown that while there is a shortage of technical workers, the field of cybersecurity is rapidly evolving. In fact, former federal officials have estimated there are only 1,000 US security specialists with the skills necessary to operate in cyberspace and the country needs about 10,000 to 30,000 such professionals.
USCC—a division of the not-for-profit Center for Internet Security—develops and conducts online competitions and on-site camps where talented people will be discovered, nurtured, and progress toward careers as technical cyber security experts. The ultimate goal is to reduce the risk profile for the nation in the critical area of cyber security professionals.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 133,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation's 2009 sales from continuing operations were $44 billion.