The US is experiencing unprecedented growth in the cybersecurity industry and demand for entry level staff has never been higher. Today, there are approximately 350,000 unfilled positions in the cybersecurity industry and as demand continues to exceed the supply of available workers, the United States is on pace to hit a half million or more unfilled cybersecurity positions by 2021.


A Growing and Available Workforce Solution

People of differing abilities represent one of the most promising and readily available entry-level cybersecurity workforces in the nation. Many people on the autism spectrum who are unemployed or underemployed have heightened abilities that make them a perfect match for these high tech jobs. These strengths include:

• Hyper Focus
• Affinity for Repetitious Tasks
• Meticulous Attention to Detail
• Visual and Systematic Thinking

People of differing abilities are available and ready to work, but have often been overlooked as a workforce solution. Two-thirds of young people with autism are unemployed and more than 500,000 young people on the autism spectrum will enter the job market within the next 10 years. 

Enter the abilIT Pilot Program

To harness the potential of people of differing abilities and to meet the labor shortage, Melwood is undertaking a six-month comprehensive pilot program to help participants pursue career opportunities through professional development and technical training. We have also partnered with one of the largest and most respected cybersecurity training firms, Cybrary.

Career exploration and professional development training have been the cornerstone of Melwood’s success for 55 years. We see this as a natural evolution of our work and recognize the impact this could have on one of the most in-demand fields in America. 

Our Partner

Cybrary: Headquartered in Greenbelt, Maryland, Cybrary is the largest massive open online course (MOOC) in the cybersecurity space. Cybrary’s size, proximity to Melwood, and its list of established employer-clients gives it an advantage over other MOOCs in the cybersecurity space.