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Training and Development

Take Advantage of Training and Development Opportunities

As a Federal cybersecurity employee, you are an important part of the Federal family.

As you do your day-to-day work, there are a variety of training and development resources to support your desire for continuous learning and growth and opportunities for honing your expertise.

Did you know you have amazing cybersecurity training resources literally at your fingertips?  Check out the comprehensive online resources available.

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) offers premier online resources for cybersecurity training.

  • Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) is a free online, on-demand cybersecurity training system that is available for government personnel and veterans. Managed by the Department of Homeland Security, FedVTE contains more than 800 hours of training on topics such as ethical hacking and surveillance, risk management, and malware analysis. Course proficiency ranges from beginner to advanced levels. Several courses align with a variety of IT certifications such as Network +, Security +, and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

NICCS Education and Training Catalog

  • The NICCS Education and Training Catalog is the central resource connecting the public with over 2,800 cybersecurity-related courses offered in the United States.
  • The NICCS Education and Training Catalog is a central location where cybersecurity professionals across the Nation can find courses to add to their skill set, increase their level of expertise, earn a certification, or even transition into a new career.

Did you know you have access to degree programs and courses at a reduced tuition rate – in cybersecurity and other areas?

As part of the continuing efforts to provide higher educational opportunities to the Federal workforce the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) partners with colleges and universities through OPM’s Federal Academic Alliance. This provides current Federal employees with the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education at reduced tuition rates.

This program is a benefit that Federal employees can take advantage of at their own pace to pursue or enhance their higher academic education. Some of the agreements extend the benefits to spouses and legal dependents.

To learn more about the Federal Academic Alliances, click here.

Do you hope to make it into the managerial and executive ranks?

The Federal government needs talented cybersecurity employees at all levels, from entry to management.

Along with employee training, there are several rotational and developmental programs available for building the executive pipeline. Even once in the Senior Executive Service (SES), there is an emphasis on continued development through rotations.

Check out some of the programs that are available: