Mission:

•To increase ranks and diversity of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and data analytics workforce.

•To ensure that at least 50% of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and data analytics workers in the US are comprised of African Americans, Latinos, and women by 2040 

History

In December 2012, the White House set a goal to expand STEM grads by 1 million over 10 years (2022)

• STEM4US! was launched weeks later, in January of 2013

• Since our founding, STEM4US! has become a nationally recognized voice for STEM through our Capitol Hill STEM
Power Lunch TM series and other initiatives

• STEM4US! hosted its first STEM and Education festival in
2014 in partnership with Pepco

• In 2017, STEM4US! announced plans to form a
consortium to push for a $1B grant to build 100+ cybersecurity training centers at community colleges & HBCUs by 2022

WHAT MAKES STEM4US! UNIQUE

  • Only STEM advocacy group that engages federal and local government leaders with bimonthly, high-profile Capitol Hill policy conversations
  • Focused on helping successful STEM programs at universities, pk-12 schools, extracurricular facilities vocational schools succeed scale up by providing funding & technical support.
  • To date, our programs have helped dozens of universities, schools, and nonprofit.
  • STEM4US! has supported STEM institutions and educators, benefitting as many as 2 million students.

Challenges

There have been numerous cases of cyber attacks targeting patient information, medical devices, and hospitals and other medical facilities
● The FDA permits medical devices to be manufactured even if they have some cyber vulnerabilities so long as the benefits outweigh the risks.
● HIPPA obligates hospitals and other parties that possess patient data to protect patient health information, medical records, and information

In the hands of bad actors, patient data could be used for extortion, espionage and even targeted assaults
● Patient data that is captured by cybercriminals can create billions in liability for hospitals and other health data custodians
● There is a significant shortage of cybersecurity workers, particularly those in the District and Maryland
● A lack of US workers with cybersecurity training has been called a national security threat
● These jobs often dont require a post-secondary degree.
● Training, certifications, and experience can provide job
seekers a pathway to cyber entry level jobs
● Starting salaries for these jobs are $50,000 – $90,000

Solutions

● STEM4US! recently concluded a cyber-workforce festival featuring a series of discussions on the idea of creating cyber infrastructure academies, starting in the District
● Over four dozen business, government, and academic leaders offered recommendations for these academies
● We propose that Congress authorize and appropriate $1.5 Billion in funding for a $5 Million grant for use by colleges, K-12 schools, and/or consortiums thereof to establish cyber infrastructure academies
● The grant would be funded by DHS, DOD and administered by the ED Secretary to be issued to grantees in FY 2020

STEM4US! recently concluded a cyber-workforce festival featuring a series of discussions about protecting patient data from cyberattacks. One key idea emerged:
● Cyber infrastructure academies (starting in DC, MD, and VA) to train thousands of cyber security workers to fill the demand of energy, health, financial services, and other sector businesses.