Four members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation from both sides of the aisle introduced a bill Tuesday to expand America’s cybersecurity workforce.
The Harvesting American Cybersecurity Knowledge through Education (HACKED) Act would enhance existing science education and cybersecurity programs in the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Transportation.
It would do so by incentivizing the recruitment of educators in the field, designing clear paths for professionals and increasing coordination between the agencies listed above.
“Cybersecurity risks are constant in the growing digital world. It is critical that the United States stay ahead of malicious cyber activity with a workforce that can safeguard our innovation, research, and work environments,” committee Chairman Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerGOP senators discuss impeachment with Trump after House vote Boeing chief faces anger over 737 crashes at hearing Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg defends handling of misinformation in political ads | Biden camp hits Zuckerberg over remarks | Dem bill would jail tech execs for lying about privacy | Consumer safety agency accidentally disclosed personal data MORE (R-Miss.) said in a statement.
“This legislation is an important first step to expand the cybersecurity workforce and provide tools to support necessary education and training.”
“America is facing serious cyber threats every day in today’s increasingly connected world, yet there is a serious shortage of workers needed to confront this urgent challenge,” said Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellBoeing chief faces anger over 737 crashes at hearing Zuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Overnight Energy: Trump administration issues plan to reverse limits on logging in Tongass National Forest| Democrats inch closer to issuing subpoenas for Interior, EPA records| Trump’s plan to boost ethanol miffs corn groups and the fossil fuel industry MORE (D-Wash.). “There are currently 300,000 vacancies in our cyber workforce nationwide.”
Sens. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with civil rights leaders to discuss political ads | Senate bill targets ‘secret’ online algorithms | GitHub defends ICE contract | Former officials, lawmakers urge action on election security Senate bill takes aim at ‘secret’ online algorithms Republican senators open to comeback bid from Sessions MORE (R-S.D.) and Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenSenate Democrats want Warren to talk costs on ‘Medicare for All’ Hillicon Valley: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids’ internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections Senators introduce legislation to boost cyber defense training in high school MORE (D-Nev.) also introduced the bill.
Similar legislation, the Cyber Ready Workforce Act, was introduced in both chambers earlier this year but remains in committees. That bill would direct the Department of Labor to award grants that help create and expand cyber apprenticeship programs.