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"A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you." — Bob Proctor 

Mentorship Program

Helping individuals advance their careers in Cybersecurity through focused mentoring 

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What

This is a free program established to provide support to individuals seeking to work in Cybersecurity, or who are transitioning into the field, with a 1-1 coaching relationship that provides value to both parties. 

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Where

This program is virtual. Mentors may meet through Microsoft Teams, or via scheduled phone calls. 

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How Often

The recommended cadence for an effective mentor/mentee relationship is one hour every two weeks. However, we recognize that many individuals may have various needs, so this may be adjusted. We do not recommend extending mentor connections of more than three weeks. 

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Who

For mentors, we are seeking experienced cybersecurity professionals. For mentees, we are seeking students, early- and mid-career cybersecurity professionals, and “lateral” transfers from other careers or disciplines. The program is inclusive and open to all, with a particular emphasis on supporting women, minorities, veterans, and members of other underrepresented groups in security. 

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How to Apply

Use the link below to apply to be a mentor or a mentee!

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Goal

Help individuals advance in the Cybersecurity industry, focusing on a variety of needs such as goal establishment, milestones, motivational coaching, career planning, training, and much more 

This program works with Mentees to help with a variety of needs in the Cybersecurity industry such as goal establishment, milestones, motivational coaching, career planning, training, and much more, all from a non-biased senior-level individual who can provide the appropriate guidance to success. 

As the number of online threats and attacks grow, each of us – wearing hats as citizens, employees, or business and government leaders – think about the importance of Cybersecurity more and more with each passing day. The need for top talent across functions and levels within the Cybersecurity industry grows as fast as the number of threats does.  This need for passionate, focused talent to move into Cybersecurity is a need that’s only expected to grow in the coming years.  

 

Individuals who are passionate about Cybersecurity have many options to learn, become certified, or even grow within the field once they are working in it. But, for newbies as well as experienced security workers, it can be a daunting task to figure out the best match for skills, interests, and options in such a vast field. 

For many, working with a mentor turns out to be a rich and enjoyable experience, providing wisdom and understanding above what college programs provide or what certification-focused training can offer. CSNP’s mentorship program aims to provide just that: a connection between mentors and mentees for help with learning, establishing goals, and reaching the next career milestone. 

Leaders

Meet the organizers that make this series possible! 

Morey Haber

Bob Henderson

Bob Henderson

Bob Henderson

Bob Henderson

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this program in short?  

The CSNP Mentorship program has been established to provide support to individuals seeking to work in Cybersecurity, or who are transitioning into the field, with a 1-1 coaching relationship that provides value to both parties. 

 

Who is the program for, and who benefits? 

For mentors, we are seeking experienced cybersecurity professionals. For mentees, we are seeking students, early- and mid-career cybersecurity professionals, and “lateral” transfers from other careers or disciplines. The program is inclusive and open to all, with a particular emphasis on supporting women, minorities, veterans, and members of other underrepresented groups in security. 

 

When does it start and how often do mentors typically meet with mentees? 

To become a Mentee, you fill out an online form, which is then routed to our Mentor program coordinator.  From there, if one is available, a Mentor will be assigned.  The Mentor will reach out within 72 hours to schedule your first session. 

The recommended cadence for an effective mentor/mentee relationship is one hour every two weeks. However, we recognize that many individuals may have various needs, so this may be adjusted. We do not recommend extending mentor connections of more than three weeks. 

 

Where do the interactions take place (what platform)? 

This program is virtual. Mentors may meet through Microsoft Teams, or via scheduled phone calls. 

 

Why is CSNP creating this program? 

This program works with Mentees to help with a variety of needs in the Cybersecurity industry such as goal establishment, milestones, motivational coaching, career planning, training, and much more, all from a non-biased senior-level individual who can provide the appropriate guidance to success. 

 

How much does it cost?  

The program is free for mentors and mentees. We suggest that interested mentees become a CSNP member for free first at csnp.org/join. CSNP’s Mentorship Program is supported by donations and sponsors.

 

How can I get involved as a mentor and/or mentee? 

Fill out our form.  You may select Mentor or Mentee, and someone will be in contact with you.