The U.S. Department of State’s (USDOS) Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues (S/CCI) is partnering with the Institute for International Studies in Education to address the growing international challenge of training, recruiting and retaining cybersecurity and IT professionals. Importantly, this challenge is one faced by governments around the world, and is slowly becoming a crisis of staffing as the need for experts in cybersecurity grows with the ever-expanding cybersecurity needs. This project focuses on developing country case papers on Australia, Brazil, China, Kenya, and India.

Each country case paper will identify and assess successful education and training programs implemented in each country that (1) targets high school, technical institute, and community college students, to reach the future workforce at a younger age and spark interest and build basic skills; (2) supports development and/or expansion of curricula at the university level that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses, to engage students from other academic disciplines in cybersecurity; (3) provides an analysis of theoretical and practical policies; and (4) if applicable, provides a section on how these countries are addressing diversity and inclusiveness related to this topic among indigenous groups and traditionally marginalized groups.

This Project is part of the Diplomacy Lab, a public-private partnership that enables the USDOS to “course-source” research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at colleges and universities across the United States.