Workforce Development Resources

Below is a collection of resources for students and job seekers interested in learning more about the cybersecurity profession. 

Resources for Students and Job Seekers

  • National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies - NICE Cybersecurity Workforce FrameworkThe NICE Framework is a blueprint to categorize, organize, and describe cybersecurity work into Categories, Specialty Areas, Work Roles Tasks, and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). It provides a common language to speak about cyber roles and jobs and can be referenced by those who wish to define professional requirements in cybersecurity.
  • Cyberseek – Cybersecurity Career Pathway - Cyberseek offers an interactive career pathway that shows key jobs within cybersecurity, common transition opportunities between them, and detailed information about the salaries, credentials, and skillsets associated with each role.
  • CompTIA - CompTIA Career Path Planning Tool - CompTIA’s IT career path planning tool helps you visualize your next move from beginner to intermediate to advanced IT jobs within several categories, including cybersecurity.  The tool shows the CompTIA certifications required for a career in cybersecurity.
  • National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education - National Cybersecurity Career Awareness WeekThe website for National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week has resources for learning more about cybersecurity career topics.
  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management - Scholarship for Service - Scholarship For Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to recruit and train the next generation of information technology professionals, industrial control system security professionals, and security managers to meet the needs of the cybersecurity mission for Federal, State, local, and tribal governments.
  • MassCyberCenter – Cybersecurity Degree Programs in MassachusettsThe MassCyberCenter has compiled a list of the degree programs for cybersecurity in Massachusetts.  This list includes associate, bachelors, and graduate degrees, as well as certificate programs.   
  • National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education - Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program Finder -  NICE has released a map of cybersecurity apprenticeships in the United States. Programs listed in the NICE Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program Finder may be registered with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, State-level registrations, or may not yet be registered. Some programs may include youth apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship training programs. All programs include cybersecurity work role training and development.

Career Panels

The MassCyberCenter hosts cybersecurity career panels on occasion that contain useful information for those exploring a career in cybersecurity. 


Cybersecurity and STEM

Moderator:  Alan Ritacco, the VP of External Affairs at Clark University


  • Saman Amigh, CIO, UniBank
  • Lodrina Cherne, Principal Security Advocate, Cybereason
  • Peo Nathan, CEO, Computer Vault
  • Patty Patria, CIO, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


The Power of Cybersecurity Mentorship

Keynote:  Secretary Mike Kennealy, Housing and Economic Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Moderator:  Damon Cox, Assistant Secretary of Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, Commonwealth of Massachusetts


  • Meghan Martinez, Digital Forensics and Incident Response Lead, MassMutual
  • Marc Zissman, Associate Head, Cyber Security and Information Sciences Division, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Erik Burns, Senior Domain Engineer - Application Security, Rapid7


Jobs in Cybersecurity

Moderator: Gary Evee, Founder and CEO of Evee Security


  • Ming Chow, Professor of Computer Science at Tufts University;
  • Rodney Petersen, Director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education; and
  • Debby Briggs, CSO of Netscout.


Cyber Across Industries

Moderator: Sam Curry, CSO of Cybereason


  • Ron Ford, Regional Cybersecurity Advisor - New England, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency;
  • Katherine Kountze, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Eversource Energy; and
  • David Guffrey, Medical Device Cybersecurity Program Manager, Mass General Brigham Health.


Cybersecurity Soft Skills

Moderator: Janet Levesque, Chief Information Security Officer of athenahealth


  • Sandy Carielli, Principal Analyst, Forrester
  • Chris Frappier, Senior Customer Success Manager, Armis
  • Lloyd Evans, Cybersecurity Engineer, TDMK Digital




Job seekers can improve their likelihood of securing a full-time position in the cybersecurity industry by participating in internships, mentoring programs, conferences, and competitions, such as Capture the Flag exercises.  The MassCyberCenter periodically posts these opportunities here.