The Internet is evolving, and its next phase – the Internet of Everything – brings together people, process, data and things to create opportunities that benefit people, communities, and the environment. Cisco estimates that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020, making cybersecurity more vital than ever before. Cisco is engaged in several efforts to prepare young people for careers in the field.
First, Cisco has partnered with CyberPatriot, the national youth cyber education program. Bernie Skoch, CyberPatriot National Commissioner, emphasizes the need for cybersecurity training as breaches and threats become more common on the Internet.
“There are 15,000 attacks per second in the United States by people who would do ill to our systems,” Skoch said. “We have a dire need for cybersecurity professionals in the United States, but we frankly aren’t drawing enough young men and young women to be the designers, to be the planners, to be the operators of these very technical systems.”
It’s an exciting year for Scotland, with several very high profile events happening. On our doorstep in July is the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games - what we call “Glasgow 2014″ - which, after the Olympics and World (soccer) Cup, is the third largest multi-nation sports event in the world. (The Commonwealth Games is sporting celebration among the 53 member states that were mostly territories of the former British Empire). As the official network infrastructure supporter for Glasgow 2014, we are proud to say that Cisco technology will help make the third biggest multi-nation sports competition be more connected than ever.
As part of our involvement, a number of Cisco employees were nominated to take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay. Like the Olympic Torch Relay, the Queen’s Baton Relay is attracting huge engagement from people all over the Commonwealth. I was lucky enough to be selected to represent Cisco in the relay, as a result of my “giving back” participation in our “Ride Across Britain” cycle (where, over the past few years, we have raised tens of thousands of pounds for ParalymicsGB each year) and work with local universities. The video here shows some “point of view” film from my participation in the small town of Uddingston in Scotland, which is close to where I stay and to the local Cisco Scotland office. It was both exciting and humbling to see the large number of people out on the street to see the baton relay and support the baton bearers -- the town center in particular was “mobbed”! And it was a huge change from my usual “day job” working in Data Center and Software Defined Networking services!
Cisco has supported the communities where its employees live and work for close to 30 years. We leverage our resources and technology to multiply individual and nonprofit efforts to improve people’s lives. One area Cisco focuses on is improving student performance in education, particularly in underserved communities. Cisco is therefore proud to partner with nonprofit City Year, a member of the AmeriCorps network. City Year recruits recent college grads who devote one year to help at-risk students stay in school.
Cisco is a national leadership sponsor of City Year and a local team sponsor in San Jose, California, the home of Cisco headquarters. Cisco funding recently supported 8 dedicated corps members at the Cesar Chavez Elementary School. Working full time for 10 months, corps members help high-risk students improve attendance, behavior, and course performance in English and math—the factors known as the early warning indicators for high school dropouts.
Happy graduation to the City Year team Cisco sponsored at Cesar Chavez Elementary School
Today, The Guardian newspaper published an article featuring Cisco partner Digital Divide Data – a nonprofit social enterprise that hires workers for data services jobs in the some of the world’s poorest places, and gives them the education, training, and career counseling they need to rise into the middle class.
“Our ultimate mission is to alleviate poverty,” says Jeremy Hockenstein, 42, founder and CEO of DDD, in the article. “We focus on students who are finishing high school, who are very motivated and very smart and who come from low-income homes.”
Digital Divide Data gives impoverished youth the education, training, and career counseling they need to rise into the middle class.
This week in 9 Cisco offices around the world, 220 senior executives modeled some of Cisco’s core values by volunteering to mentor 400 students in STEM (science, technology, education and math). Cisco has been actively engaged in helping the communities in which our employees live and work since the company started in 1984. We do that by donating resources and product to global and community nonprofits and by encouraging our employees to volunteer. Cisco’s volunteer program started in 1992 and often includes matching cash grants for hours that employees work.
Cisco CEO John Chambers addresses Cisco senior leaders and 100 Girls Scouts at Cisco Headquarters in San Jose, California