Prince William County is a prime location to deliver on White House plan for future diverse cyber workforce

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Prince William County is primed to deliver cyber professionals of the future to meet the White House’s new Cyber Security Workforce Strategy.

The Federal Times reported the new strategy was announced in a blog post authored by Shaun Donovan, director of the Office of Management and Budget, Beth Cobert, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, Michael Daniel, White House cybersecurity coordinator and special assistant to the president, and Federal CIO Tony Scott.

The report highlights the strategy promotes hiring a more diverse cyber workforce, including tapping minority groups, as well as non-traditional pipelines, like apprenticeships and programs that are all loan experienced cyber professionals from the private sector for tours in government, which .

Prince William addresses the major resource constraints by delivering an excellent workforce, strengthened by its diversity and infrastructure in close proximity to federal agencies and military facilities engaged in combating cyber threats.

Workforce:

  • 52,000 people work in “computer occupations” within a 30 minute drive of Prince William County
  • National Security Agency designated Certified Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education:
    • George Mason University’s Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS); and Northern Virginia Community College
  • Prince William County is a diverse community and one of the fastest growing in Virginia. Our diverse cultural population makes it one of the most globally represented communities in the mid-Atlantic region.

Proximity:

  • Marine Corps Base Quantico
  • FBI Northern Virginia Residency and FBI Training Academy
  • 30 miles to Pentagon; 28 miles to CIA; 8 miles to Fort Belvoir Army Base
  • Latency to MAE East Interconnect is .17 milliseconds (70% of world’s internet traffic goes through MAE East)

Assets:

  • 2+ million square feet of data center space
  • Commercial lease rates 47% lower than DC Metro Area
  • Over 900 fiber providers in Northern Virginia
  • Mach 37 Cyber Accelerator
  • Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (3IP) hosted at George Washington University – Virginia Campus

IT related companies located in the Prince William County area include: Advanced Concepts Research Group, Analytical Consulting Group, BAE Systems, Comcast, General Dynamics Information Technology, Little Arms Studios, Lockheed-Martin, Micron Technology, Microsoft, Microsystem, Mu-Del Electronics, NAL Research, Professions Quest, Stillwell Technologies & Robotics, Verint Systems and Verizon.

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