Infosec pros struggle to find opportunities to improve their work skills

Cybrary released the findings from the report which examines the current challenges, perceptions, and impacts of the cybersecurity skills gap faced by IT and security teams worldwide.

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Security teams and the growing skills gap

The survey questioned respondents about the employer contributions towards their skill development, their level of personal commitment to growing their skills, and the current level of organizational support and opportunities offered for skill development.

Over 800 IT and security professionals were surveyed, varying in experience, ranging from system admins to CISOs, to gather their industry insights and discovered that:

  • 68 percent of respondents report investing their own free time, outside working hours to improve their cyber skills
  • Nearly 3 out of 4 respondents agree that skill gaps exist on their teams
  • 65 percent of managers agreed that skills gaps have a negative impact on their team’s effectiveness
  • 40 percent of individuals say they spend time working
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Cynthia Fuhrmann awarded NIH grant to improve professional development in research training

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Cynthia N. Fuhrmann, PhD

A Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences research team’s far-reaching project to support professional development of early-career scientists received a significant boost recently with the award of a $2.3 million Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training, or IPERT grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

The five-year grant supports the development of nationally sourced, competency-themed collections of evidence-based professional skills models, with training and mentoring for educators to aid their implementation within institutions, as well as support for evaluating their work according to rigorous protocols.

“Today’s early-career scientists need a wide breadth of skills to adapt to the diverse professional roles they will move into after their PhD or postdoctoral training,” said Cynthia N. Fuhrmann, PhD, who is principal investigator for the project. “They need to be aware of how science is done in both the private and public sectors, and to be able to

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HRT announces new electric buses; Northam signs HRT funding law to improve service

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — It’s a glimpse into the future of public transit.

Six battery-powered buses will soon become a part of the Hampton Roads Transit system.

“That means no soot, no smoke, no harmful emissions,” said HRT President William Harrell.

HRT officials say the new buses will be deployed along Virginia Beach Boulevard between Downtown Norfolk and the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. HRT has agreed to remove the same number of diesel buses from its fleet.

The buses are quieter and have zero tailpipe emissions.

Along with the bus ribbon cutting, Gov. Ralph Northam signed two bills for dedicated HRT funding — the first time that’s been done in HRT history.

“A lot of work went into this legislation so they could create this program so they have a sustained source of revenue to keep this transit running,” said Northam.

Harrell says this means new connections, faster commutes, and better

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Citi and Citi Foundation Expand Global Job Skills-Building Initiative to Improve Employability and Economic Opportunity for Underserved Communities

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Citi and the Citi Foundation today announced an expansion of the global Pathways to Progress initiative, led by a Citi Foundation investment of $100 million to improve employability and economic opportunity around the world.

Through Pathways to Progress, young people become equipped with the skills and confidence they need to make a positive impact in their lives and their communities, and also access employment opportunities to succeed in rapidly changing economies.

Since 2014, the Citi Foundation has invested approximately $200 million globally in Pathways to Progress programming. By 2023, the Citi Foundation expects to cumulatively impact over a million young people around the world with a total investment of $300 million. In the U.S., the program has served approximately 100,000 Black and Latinx youth over the past three years, and expanded efforts will focus more intently

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Improve Racial Education, Don’t Ban It | Opinion

Amid an ongoing cultural reckoning that’s spotlighted anti-Black racism in the U.S, educators around the country are searching for new ways to teach Black history in their classrooms. To this end, many public school districts are incorporating the New York Times’ “The 1619 Project” into their curriculum. The 1619 Project is an interactive project (originally consisting of essays, poems, fiction, and photos, now adapted into a podcast and free online curriculum) that reexamines U.S history by centering African slavery in our understanding of America’s past and present, beginning in 1619 — the year the first slave ship arrived on America’s shores. The effort positions slavery — often woefully mistaught in U.S schools — and its legacy as critical to understanding wide-ranging aspects of American society and history.

The 1619 Project being incorporated into schools has drawn outrage and criticism from Republican lawmakers. In July, Senator Tom Cotton ’98 (R-Ark.), a

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WISD Continuing Efforts To Improve Remote Learning In County School Districts

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District is continuing to work with other local school districts to improve the remote learning experience for students throughout the county.

The WISD is coordinating efforts with the county’s school districts while continuing to seek out additional grant funding and additional training options for teachers.

The WISD’s Interim Superintendent, Naomi Norman, says geography remains an issue for many students trying to learn remotely.

“There are large areas of Washtenaw County where there is no broadband access, no high-speed internet, and even areas that don’t have cell phone access, so that continues to be a very big concern for us,” Norman says.

Norman says students enrolled in special education programs also face unique challenges, and the WISD is working with students and their families to ensure each of them is getting what they need to succeed.

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American Development Model: Play to Improve

Play to Improve

Age (Please note: Ages are guidelines, not restrictions)
11-15 Girls
12-16 Boys

Primary focus: Improvement.

This stage centers around well-rounded development, as much as a person as an athlete. Practice should be varied and last 5 to 7 hours per week. Parents must keep an eye on equipment at this stage as growth spurts can lead to changes mid-season. This is a time of deepening friendships. As the competition gets more serious, it’s a season for learning how to win and lose. How to build confidence and respect for others.

Competition level: ADM recommends that players at this age should spend 60 percent of their time on training and 40 percent in competition.

What the coach recommends: Wake Forest head coach Jerry Haas, a former PGA Tour player, has been on the recruiting trail for decades and conducts a junior camp every summer on campus at

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HeroX Launches $500K Prize Challenge on Behalf of the National Institutes of Health to Improve Gender Diversity and Equity in Academia

HeroX Launches $500K Prize Challenge on Behalf of the National Institutes of Health to Improve Gender Diversity and Equity in Academia

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — HeroX, the world’s leading platform for crowdsourced solutions and Base 11 today launched a prize competition, the “NIH Prize for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity” on behalf of the National Institutes of Health to improve gender diversity and equity among faculty in biomedical and behavioral fields in colleges and universities. Although there is a near equal number of male and female students in the biomedical science field and in medical schools, women are underrepresented in the faculty, particularly in the mid-career to senior-career positions and challenges remain in ensuring faculty members are treated in an equitable manner.

“We are seeking to foster more inclusive and equitable environments in academia,” said Janine A. Clayton, M.D., Director of the NIH Office of

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How to Improve Your Leadership Skills

Leadership skills can play a large role in a person’s career development. Technical skills and a college degree may only take you so far. To be an effective leader and help move your career forward, you’ll also need soft skills, such as the ability to be a good listener and communicator.

There are several core leadership skills that are considered important traits to help you become a more effective leader. Whether it’s taking the initiative, developing critical thinking skills, or learning how to motivate and empower those around you, you must constantly be challenging yourself to enhance your leadership capabilities.

By showing that you have what it takes to be a leader, you can fast-track your career. If you’re looking for a new job or promotion, you’re more likely to get where you want to go if you have a steady track record of being successful in leadership roles in

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