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Improving Cybersecurity for Iowans

Use these resources to help secure your organization. Organizations from Iowa and the U.S. provide education materials, tax credit and more.

Cyber Defense Competitions

ISEAGE Cyber Defense Competitions (CDC): CDCs are great hands-on experiences to defending networks in real time, with real people. The competitions are hosted by Iowa State University and are open to high school students, community college students, four-year university students and industry professionals.

Workforce Development

Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat Map: Hover over your state to see how many cybersecurity jobs there are in your state and how many cybersecurity professionals there are in your state. This demonstrates the nation’s supply and demand for cybersecurity workers.

Information Security Analysis Quick Facts : Check out these quick facts from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for those Information Technology Analyst roles, including median pay, typical entry-level education, job outlook, and the number of jobs in the nation.

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework: This is a nationally focused resource that describes cybersecurity work, and workers, regardless of where, or for whom, the work is performed.

Tax Credits

Iowa Student Internship Program: Small and medium-sized companies in targeted industries may receive grants to support internship programs with a goal of transitioning interns to full-time employment in Iowa upon graduation. The goal is to retain educated workers in Iowa.

New Jobs Tax Credit: This one-time, corporate income tax credit from the Iowa Economic Development is available to participants in the New Jobs Training (260E) Program. Iowa offers this credit as an incentive for businesses that provide additional training to employees and expand their business.

Industrial New Jobs Training (260E): The Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training (260E) program from the Iowa Economic Development assists businesses creating new positions with new employee training. Eligible businesses may be new to Iowa, expanding the Iowa workforce or relocating to the state.

Iowa Apprenticeship Programs: Apply for training grants through the Iowa Apprenticeship Act (15B) and the Iowa Registered Apprenticeship Development Fund (15C). Iowa is committed to supporting registered apprenticeship programs and increasing the number of registered apprentices in the state.

Business Best Practices

Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): This website provides cybersecurity resources and best practices for businesses, government agencies, and other organizations.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework: This prioritized, flexible, repeatable, and cost-effective approach of the Framework helps owners and operators of critical infrastructure to manage cybersecurity-related risk.

Workforce Education

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS): NICCS connects government employees, students, educators, and industry with cybersecurity training providers throughout the nation. Use these tools to ensure citizens and the workforce have more dynamic cybersecurity.

National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA): Check out the resources provided by the NCSA for users at home, work and school to keep themselves, their organizations, their systems and their sensitive information safe and secure online.