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Bechtel launches initiative to strengthen US cybersecurity capabilities

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Bechtel has announced a program with two US national security laboratories to fund multiyear positions for early career professionals in critical cybersecurity fields. The joint effort will recruit and cultivate cybersecurity experts who can strengthen networks by applying experience from national security environments and from industry.

Under the program, new recruits will join each of the three organizations – Bechtel, Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories – and spend time at the other two. Bechtel co-manages Los Alamos and Livermore with the University of California and other partners.

Craig Albert, President of Bechtel’s government services business unit, commented: “Cyber threats pose a danger to the government and the private sector. Bechtel protects assets in both areas and can uniquely join forces with two national laboratories.

“When you combine the resources and expertise of our three organizations you have a program that will make significant contributions across a broad spectrum of cybersecurity areas”.

“This is a cooperative commitment to the nation’s cyberseurity. The first two years of each recruit’s program will be paid for entirely with corporate dollars with no taxpayer funding”.

Paul Henry, Deputy Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, said: “Early career employees will blend exposure to cyber research and development at the lab with hands-on experience within Bechtel’s global cyber operations”.

“Our firewalls withstand thousands of attacks each day”, said Bachtel’s Tom Gioconda, deputy director of Lawrence Livermore. “These young professionals will be on the front lines of this battle. They’ll emerge with great experience and connections with the nation’s experts in the field”.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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