NSA Colorado Welcomes Students from University of Colorado Boulder
In today's information-dominated public sphere, cybersecurity skills are at a premium. One study suggests the United States will be unable to fill 2.5 million cyber-skilled jobs this year alone. To remain relevant, NSA must compete for these exceptional, talented, and highly sought-after professionals to ensure we employ the right people to continue supporting, and growing, our crucial national cybersecurity mission set. As part of enterprise-wide efforts, NSA Colorado (NSAC) is rapidly building its academic outreach efforts along the Colorado Front Range, an area often referred to as the "silicon valley of space," and a rich, largely untapped region of skilled students, educators, and professionals.
The students' visit began with an unclassified tour, followed by an insightful lunch with Mr. David Luber, Director of NSAC, and other NSAC personnel. The visit concluded at the collaborative space known as the "COOLER" (Colorado Outer Office: Learn Engage Relax), which is an unclassified space utilized for unclassified mission work, open meetings, and teamwork. Experts from NSAC's operational element met with the students to discuss IoT-related challenges. During this time, the students conducted interviews with the NSAC experts, which provided valuable guidance on how to continue overcoming challenges to complete their projects by the end of the academic semester. This event was a tremendous success and an enriching experience for everyone involved.
Why did NSAC do this? NSAC actively supports Academic Outreach by promoting and maintaining strong relationships with academic institutions to encourage and influence educational curriculum and activities in NSA's mission-critical areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM), Intelligence Analysis, Language, and Cybersecurity. NSAC's integrated, innovative environment, and aggressive Academic Outreach growth efforts enable the site to help the enterprise continuously attract and retain the best and brightest in these critical areas. Getting today's generation interested and involved in national security is the key to NSA's ability to meet current and future challenges.