DHS now providing state, local, tribal and territorial cyber professionals with free cybersecurity training
On June 25, Greg Touhill, DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity & Communications, released the following information:
America needs a strong cyber workforce to keep up with evolving technology and increasing cybersecurity risks. To help meet this need, DHS has expanded access to the Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) – an online training center featuring a wide range of cybersecurity courses – to state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) government employees across the country.
Sponsored by DHS and supported by the Department of Defense’s Defense Information Systems Agency, FedVTE provides:
- Government-wide, on-demand access to cybersecurity training to help the workforce maintain expertise and foster operational readiness;
- Courses ranging from beginner to advanced levels;
- Training available at no cost to users; and
- Training accessible from any internet-enabled computer.
On average, FedVTE delivers more than 35,000 hours of training per month and in 2014 alone, FedVTE saved the federal government approximately $72 million in training costs.
DHS is coordinating outreach about the program to SLTT governments through the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), which is a part of the nonprofit Center for Internet Security. With a mission to improve the overall cyber security posture of SLTT governments, the MS-ISAC is the focal point for cyber threat prevention, protection, response, and recovery for the nation’s SLTT governments. SLTT government personnel are be able to access the system at fedvte.usalearning.gov.