CompTIAWorld | FALL 2017 54 and training program located in San Luis Obispo, California, students have the opportunity to complete the CompTIA A+ exam. Afterwards, 15 of the students will move forward with CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ certifications for six weeks. After six weeks they move into year- long apprenticeships with local employers. “We all need to be better cybersecurity citizens,” McGlinchy said. “Our government has a vital role to play in working with industry to champion the tech workforce and define that gold standard. This morning we have in the room those champions – our award honorees.” We were also honored to have join us Acting Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Cybersecurity and Communications Danny Toler. In keynote remarks, Toler said, “cybersecurity is a global issue. The internet knows no boundaries, [and even] if we fortify the U.S. infrastructure we’re still not going to be safe. When DHS looks at the Internet of Things, we see potential disruptions to U.S. commerce – this is not just a DHS problem.” Toler also discussed the importance of certifications and why they matter. “Keeping skills up-to-date is important in responding to current cyber-threats,” he said. “We need to look at individuals with those skills gained from certifications, recruit them and compensate them accordingly.” Before introducing the winners, Elizabeth Hyman, executive vice president of CompTIA Public Advocacy, said, “CompTIA has long been a partner to the federal workforce in working towards recruitment, training, certification and retention of a top-notch cyber-workforce. We are glad to see continuity in these policies in the Trump Administration’s recent cybersecurity Executive Order.” 2017 CompTIA Excellence in Cybersecurity Honorees Our first honoree was Senator Mike Rounds, who serves as the chair of the Senate Armed Services Cybersecurity Subcommittee. He has been instrumental in overseeing Defense Department programs related to cyber-forces and capabilities. Rounds also sponsored the DoD Cyber Scholarship Program Act, which seeks to modify and enhance an existing DoD scholarship program for students pursuing degrees in cybersecurity fields. Such a measure would represent an important step toward supporting the nation’s ongoing need for a strong cyber -workforce. “In an increasingly technologically advanced world, the threat of serious and damaging cyber-attacks on our nation continues to grow,” Rounds said. “We need to respond to cyber-attacks, follow those hackers to all the networks they’ve infected and make it costly for them. Once the attacks happen, and they will happen, we need to figure out how rebuild those systems. Bad guys are out there.” He added, “A well-trained and highly skilled cyber-workforce is essential to “We need to respond to cyber-attacks, follow those hackers to all the networks they’ve infected and make it costly for them. Once the attacks happen, and they will happen, we need to figure out how rebuild those systems. Bad guys are out there.”