The Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) is a U.S.-based organization that develops new undergraduate programs in emerging high-skill, high-demand fields. It promotes strategies that address education-workforce misalignment exhibited in regions across the country, and drive economic competitiveness.
The shortage of cybersecurity talent is a major concern for many companies in United States and the government as the volume of data is expanding at an exponential speed. Despite this growing demand, career pathways into cybersecurity remain unclear.
Fragmented certification and training programs, and the unsuccessful recruitment and retention of minority and women professionals compound the talent shortage. On the demand side, the absence of commonly defined industry requirements in cybersecurity makes it challenging to qualify and quantify employer demands.
Thus, BHEF wanted to develop a solution that could address the shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals as well as create pathways for low-income and underrepresented minority students in this field.
Accenture helped BHEF address these challenges and create a more diverse talent pool through a strong cybersecurity program design. We also developed a partner engagement model, which coupled with the program design framework, enables BHEF to successfully launch programs, while allowing enough flexibility for individual locations and responding to local market needs.