Dayton, Ohio – The need for professional cybersecurity training and workforce certification programs continues to expand, with new challenges in all sectors of the interconnected world emerging daily including the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry. Recognizing these critical needs, Mission Critical Institute for Cybersecurity (MCI), headquartered in Washington, D.C., and Sinclair College’s National UAS Training and Certification Center (Sinclair) have partnered to train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.
The goal of the collaboration is to address the increasingly growing need for cybersecurity talent to protect and defend against UAS-related threats faced by those in the academic, industry, and government sectors across the nation. The partnership leverages the leading expertise of both Mission Critical Institute for Cybersecurity and Sinclair to create a world class workforce certification pathway to expand the nation’s lead in UAS technology and build a talent pipeline for companies, universities, or the government to hire new personnel or upskill their existing workforce.
“The demand for cybersecurity is tremendous but the supply of talent is lacking,” said Jeff Angle, Chief Marketing and Enrollment Officer at Mission Critical Institute for Cybersecurity. “There are over 4 million open positions in cybersecurity today with another 3.5 million positions forecasted to be added in 2021. As a country, it is becoming more challenging keep up with demand, so collaborations like our partnership with Sinclair related to UAS cybersecurity are key.”
“UAS design and operations are technology intensive,” added Dr. Andrew Shepherd, Sinclair’s Executive Director and Chief Scientist for UAS. “Cybersecurity impacts all facets of the UAS industry ranging from design, to supply chain, and of course operations. This workforce training certification program offered with Mission Critical Institutes will produce cybersecurity risk management professionals with the knowledge of UAS threats and mitigations needed to protect and defend their IT and data infrastructure.”
The program is available for enrollment from prospective organizations and professionals with January 4th, 2021 as the next available online cohort start date. However, space is limited so those interested are encouraged to register early. More information is available at https://uas-cyber.sinclair.edu/.