DoD Cyber Scholarship Program (DoD CySP)
The DoD Cyber Scholarship Program (DoD CySP) is both a scholarship program for the DoD, and a capacity building tool for the nation. The program is a result of commitment from DoD and Congress to support higher education as a means to prepare the DoD workforce to deal with threats against the Department’s critical information system and networks. Given our increasing reliance on cybersecurity, information technology (IT), the growing threats to information, and information systems and infrastructures, it is critical that the Department of Defense (DoD) protect itself. To do so, the DoD must be staffed with technically savvy personnel. To help achieve this task, the DoD Cyber Scholarship Program (DoD CySP) was established. The DoD CySP is sponsored by the DoD Chief Information Office and administered by the National Security Agency (NSA). The objectives of the program are to promote higher education in all disciplines of cybersecurity, to enhance the Department’s ability to recruit and retain cyber and IT specialists, to increase the number of military and civilian personnel in the DoD with this expertise, and ultimately, to enhance the nation’s cyber posture.
Cyber Information Technology Exchange Program (CITEP)
CITEP provides a unique opportunity for DoD Components and private sector organizations to share best practices, gain a better understanding of cross-sector information technology operations and challenges, and partner to address these challenges. In addition, CITEP can be used to enhance the Information Technology (IT) and Cybersecurity (IT/Cybersecurity) competencies and technical skills of employees from the DoD civilian information technology workforce and their peers from the private sector. Section 1106 of the National Defense Authorization Act, fiscal year 2014, extended the Temporary Exchange of Information Technology Personnel, referred to as the Information Technology Exchange Program (ITEP). Section 1123 of the fiscal year 2017 NDAA amended Section 1106 by adding the term “Cyber and” before “Information,” therefore renaming to Cyber and Information Technology Exchange Program (CITEP). This statute authorizes the temporary detail of DoD and private sector employees who work in the field of cyber operations or information technology to participate in an exchange between the two sectors.
DoD Cyber Rotational Programs
The Cyber Workforce Rotational Program (CWRP) pilot is a customized program, available to civilian employees (GG-11 to GG-15) aligned to Defense Cyber Workforce (DCWF) roles within the Cyber Excepted Service (CES) DoD Components. The CWRP’s purpose is to broaden and enhance the CES workforce’s cyber skills through structured rotational experiences within the larger cyber community. The CWRP is the first dedicated enterprise-level DoD cyber program investing in the development of CES personnel through structured rotational assignments.