Google recently announced that it was investing $10 billion over the next five years to strengthen U.S. cybersecurity, “including expanding zero-trust programs, helping secure the software supply chain, and enhancing open source security.”
The company is also pledging to help “100,000 Americans earn Google Career Certificates in fields like IT Support and Data Analytics” to help them learn in-demand skills relating to data privacy and security. “Additionally, we will train over 10 million Americans in digital skills from basic to advanced by 2023,” the announcement states.
Through the Google Career Certificate program, participants can:
- Learn job-ready skills, even with no relevant experience.
- Complete the program online, at their own pace.
- Access career resources, such as coaching sessions, mock interviews, and a resume builder tool.
“Robust cybersecurity ultimately depends on having the people to implement it. That includes people with digital skills capable of designing and executing cybersecurity solutions, as well as promoting awareness of cybersecurity risks and protocols among the broader population. In short, we need more and better computer security education and training,” says Kent Walker in the announcement.