Mysecurekid is a nonprofit organization committed to closing the demand gap for cybersecurity and IT professionals. We are diversifying the industry and economically empowering underrepresented communities by creating clear career pathways into cybersecurity and IT through education, scholarships, hands-on training, and strategic partnerships. Based in Arlington, Virginia, Mysecurekid targets communities that have historically been left out of the industry with a range of educational and career training programs to help them map out and prepare for future career success.
Employment projections show that occupations in the cybersecurity and tech field are expected to grow 13.4 percent by 2029, compared with 3.7 percent for all occupations. However, the growth of trained and educated workers from underrepresented communities is about 1%. Unfortunately, today there is a sizable knowledge gap for groups that have been traditionally underrepresented. Specifically African-Americans, Hispanics and people with disabilities.
The knowledge gap for underrepresented groups is a real problem. It's not just that they're missing out on opportunities, but it's also holding back the progress of their communities. They are less likely to be represented in cybersecurity and tech jobs, and this will only get worse if we don't do anything about it.
At Mysecurekid, we're committed to increasing diversity in these fields. We believe that by providing educational and career opportunities for all, regardless of race or disability status, we can make a real difference. Mysecurekid is closing the gap; and creating a global movement promoting the value, power and importance of diversity and inclusion in cybersecurity and tech.