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We live in a digital world, and with that comes the risk of hacking. As technology grows – and more people store their personal information on digital platforms – there are new and growing threats to private information, money, and security. Hackers have been on the cutting edge of technology, finding ways to steal and infiltrate before their victims know what's happened. It's time for the "good guys" to get ahead of the hackers.

The City Colleges of Chicago are partnering with the Department of Defense to implement cybersecurity "boot camp" curriculum programs. This new initiative will train students in advanced cybersecurity techniques, such as securing computer networks against hacking in both the public and private sector [1]. The students will train alongside active-duty military personnel, mirroring the state-of-the-art training at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.

By partnering with the Department of Defense, the City of Chicago is taking a groundbreaking step towards getting civilians trained in cybersecurity. That has the potential to fill tens of thousands of jobs. It can't be contained to just one city, though; the Department of Defense needs to make this partnership and financial incentive available to other cities around the nation.

Hacking attacks aren't getting any better, and they certainly aren't going away. Instead, they have been growing in scope and frequency lately. Targets include individuals, businesses and corporations, and even government agencies [2]. A police department in Texas, for example, recently lots massive amounts of evidence stored digitally after hackers infiltrated their computer system and demanded a ransom for the files [3].

It's time for cyber security experts to be on the forefront of technology, not the hackers, and by partnering with the Department of Defense cities and colleges can make that a reality. Sign the petition asking the Department of Defense to incentivize cybersecurity training and curriculum at more colleges around the country. It's time we take we make security a priority!

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To the Secretary of Defense:

As the presence and use of technology continues to permeate the daily lives of American citizens, as well as businesses, institutions, and government agencies, the threat of hacking, malware, ransomware, and other cybersecurity risks increases. For far too long the hackers have been the ones on the forefront of technology, staying one step ahead of security experts and putting our security and property at risk. It's time that the cybersecurity experts be in front of the technological curve, leaving hackers shut out from doing harm. The Department of Defense can make that a reality.

Gone are the days when digital security was limited to computers. Today everything from our mobile devices and televisions to our vehicles and appliances are digitally connected. That opens so many more doors for hackers and creates the potential for so many more cyber breaches.

The Department of Defense recently partnered with the City of Chicago – specifically the City Colleges of Chicago – to hold a cybersecurity "boot camp" training curriculum and program for students. Working alongside active-duty service members, these students will get training in advanced cybersecurity that mirrors the unprecedented cybersecurity training conducted for military personnel at Fort McNair.

By partnering with the City of Chicago, in terms of finances and resources, the Department of Defense is open the door to civilians getting the training needed to fill the cybersecurity positions our entire country needs right now. However, that sort of resource cannot be limited to one city alone.

Hackers from within the United States and from other countries around the world will continue their ever-advancing attacks against America's government agencies and national security secrets, as well as its businesses, communities, and citizens. We need the best and brightest from around the whole country given the opportunity to receive the best cybersecurity training possible to protect our digital networks in both the public and private sectors.

I ask that you create an incentive program with other cities and colleges around the nation to implement cybersecurity training and curriculum in partnership with the Department of Defense. The next great battle may be fought in cyberspace, and we need the most and best cybersecurity experts possible to keep our nation safe.


Petition Signatures

Nov 20, 2017 Neville Bruce
Nov 19, 2017 Linda Marshall Yes I know of friends have are being attack of HACKERS NOW on their emails. So how can we Americans help out of stopping HACKERS to be on our computers, phones, laptops to being attacks. I am being watch on my computer now.
Nov 19, 2017 ana trillo
Nov 19, 2017 Iryna Andreychuk
Nov 18, 2017 Candace Slivinski
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 17, 2017 Eva Sandhammar
Nov 17, 2017 Rose Saunders
Nov 17, 2017 Claire Loridan
Nov 16, 2017 Peggy Burns
Nov 16, 2017 barbara achey
Nov 16, 2017 Laurie Rowan
Nov 16, 2017 Timothy Wilder
Nov 16, 2017 Heather McKenzie-York
Nov 16, 2017 Eric Dallin
Nov 15, 2017 Arline King
Nov 15, 2017 P D
Nov 15, 2017 D P
Nov 15, 2017 Brandie Deal
Nov 15, 2017 Ananthanarayan Ramakrishnan
Nov 15, 2017 Jenny Kirk
Nov 15, 2017 Michael Collier
Nov 15, 2017 James Bodsberg
Nov 15, 2017 Catherine Holzman
Nov 15, 2017 sarah stevens
Nov 15, 2017 Sharon Saunders
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2017 Nancy Rooney
Nov 15, 2017 Mary Anne Manner
Nov 15, 2017 Linda Kehew
Nov 15, 2017 Mary Kay Siegel
Nov 15, 2017 Jacki Hileman
Nov 15, 2017 Michelle Angelini
Nov 15, 2017 pamela guyon
Nov 15, 2017 Cathy Gash
Nov 15, 2017 Tania Malven
Nov 15, 2017 julie wiebe
Nov 15, 2017 Naomi Lidicker
Nov 15, 2017 Loraine Lindsey
Nov 15, 2017 Donna Shellabarger
Nov 15, 2017 Patti Wyatt
Nov 15, 2017 Jan Lowrey
Nov 15, 2017 Mike Bushaw
Nov 15, 2017 Julie Minda
Nov 15, 2017 Lori Stevens
Nov 15, 2017 Laura Shields I hope this is just a pilot program and will be expanded to other cities if it's as successful as it seems it will be.
Nov 15, 2017 Caroline Godin
Nov 15, 2017 Janice Porterfield
Nov 15, 2017 julie wiebe
Nov 15, 2017 Linda Fighera

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