The Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cybersecurity Community is hosting the fourth annual CAE Virtual Career Fair (VCF), sponsored by NCyTE and the National Science Foundation (NSF), on September 4, 2020, from 9:00am-1:00pm PT. Our virtual career fair is unique in that we invite students/alumni from 300+ institutions designated as CAEs in Research (CAE-R), Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE), and Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) to participate. Institutions receive the CAE in Cybersecurity designation after meeting the rigorous requirements of the program set forth by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The standards set forth by the NSA/DHS curriculum guidelines also ensure students from CAE institutions receive a quality cybersecurity education that prepares them for a career the cyber workforce .
As the CAE in Cybersecurity program continues to designate new CAEs, the number of students participating in the CAE VCF is expected to grow. Last year, 1200+ students/alumni participated in the CAE VCF. This year, the community has an estimated 10,000+ students graduating from junior colleges and universities seeking jobs in cybersecurity. In addition, our community has an estimated 20,000+ students that are eligible for internships in the 2020-2021 academic year. Students/alumni from CAE designated institutions are extremely valuable to any organization as they must meet the rigorous curriculum requirements set forth by the NSA/DHS in order to graduate.
Survey data from the 2019 event indicate the CAE VCF is positively received by both employers and students. Many students find careers through the VCF and many of the same employers return each year to participate as well as the addition of new employers.