The Maryland Department of Labor will dedicate funds from its Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) program to provide hands-on cybersecurity training to a hundred state employees in partnership with the Baltimore Cyber Range LLC (Baltimore Cyber), according to a press release published in The Southern Maryland Chronicle. The training program is the latest effort from Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration to develop a cybersecurity and information technology workforce, which also includes 16 apprenticeship programs and 15 individual grants related to apprenticeships in these fields.
Why focus on cybersecurity?
In 2019, Baltimore City was the target of a ransomware attack, shutting down many of the city’s internal and external systems—including email and online water bill payment—and halting real estate transactions, facility openings, and a text alert system related to clusters of drug overdoses.
Other cybersecurity attacks have also plagued online systems in Baltimore City and Maryland, though the 2019 attack helped to shape the city and state’s current drive to strengthen their cybersecurity workforce, according to an Technical.ly article by Dante Kirby. Following the attack, the Baltimore City Information & Technology Department increased its budget, and both the city and state appointed data and privacy chiefs.
The Hogan administration also plans to invest $3 million annually for cybersecurity and information technology with an additional $1 million in fiscal year 2023 to help meet the heightened demand for workers in these fields.
Anything else I should know?
Those aged 18 years or older are eligible for the apprenticeship programs, which provide both classroom instruction and hands-on training as full-time job opportunities with pay. Residents interested in the program can contact [email protected] or call 410-767-2246 to receive more information.
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