WASHINGTON – Today, ITI commended the advancement of the Harvesting American Cybersecurity Knowledge through Education (HACKED) Act, which aims to strengthen the U.S. cybersecurity workforce by investing in existing science education and cybersecurity programs within the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Transportation. The bipartisan measure, introduced by Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), cleared the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation earlier today. It now heads to the full Senate for consideration.
“With more than 300,000 cybersecurity job vacancies in the United States, ensuring that workers now and in the future have access to cyber education is a priority,” said ITI President and CEO Jason Oxman. “The bipartisan HACKED Act takes important steps to help fill this critical skills gap and bolster the U.S. cybersecurity workforce through long-term planning and investment. We thank Senators Wicker, Cantwell, Thune, and Rosen for their leadership on this issue and commend the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for its swift approval of the measure.”