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Google CEO Pledges $20M To Cybersecurity Ed, Will Expand Clinics To HBCUs | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware


Google CEO Sundar Pichai and the Consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics announced a $20M commitment from Google’s philanthropy, Google.org, to help thousands of students pursue careers in the high-demand field of cybersecurity. 

Last year, cyber attacks increased by 38%, placing critical infrastructure such as governments, hospitals and electrical grids, as well as businesses at greater risk, while searches for “cybersecurity jobs” reached an all-time high in the United States and globally. Despite the demand, there are currently 650,000+ unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the U.S., and a gap in access to the training needed to fill these positions. 

The collaboration between Google.org and the Consortium will help expand or launch cybersecurity clinics at 20 higher education institutions, including HBCUs, across the U.S. Similar to clinics in medicine and law, cybersecurity clinics enable students to deliver pro bono digital security services to help under-resourced community organizations defend themselves against cyber attacks; preparing students for futures in cybersecurity by giving them hands-on, real world experience. 

Here’s the blog post with more details about this announcement, which is attributable to Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. Below my signature, I’m sharing some links with context on Google’s past cybersecurity commitments/the history of the Consortium and how clinics operate as well as a quote from Dr. Kevin Harris, Program Chair for Computational and Information Sciences/Exec Dir Cybersecurity DEI Clinic at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 

More information and instructions for how institutions can apply can also be found at cyberclinics.withgoogle.com.

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