In the report, “Securing our Future: Closing the Cybersecurity Talent Gap” (October, 2015), Raytheon and the National Cybersecurity Alliance stated that 79% of millennials (ages 18-26) say they have never spoken to a cybersecurity professional that they are aware of. The study suggested that the lack of personal engagement with the profession is one reason that young people do not seem interested in cybersecurity although 29% of those interviewed would like the opportunity to meet a cybersecurity professional to discuss career opportunities.
EnergySec is addressing this relational need with a cybersecurity professional mentorship opportunity. Mentoring can be a rewarding experience for both participants, one to share their first hand knowledge, the other to learn from an expert who has life experience in the field.
When considering becoming a mentor, evaluate the following:
- How much time can you give to this relationship?
- What is the best way for you to make contact? Phone calls, one-on-one, web conferencing?
- How long will the relationship last?
- What specific knowledge, skills, and abilities do you want to encourage in the menthe?
- How will you maintain confidentiality in your mentee/mentor relationship?
For more information on how to become a mentor for EnergySec, click here.