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With companies in the security technology industry seeking ways to boost their workforce development efforts, the Foundation for Advancing Security Talent (FAST) is committed to providing resources companies can leverage while growing the talent pool by promoting the industry to the public and job seekers as a challenging and fulfilling place to have a career.
FAST’s research will provide companies with information about the security industry labor market that they can use to inform their workforce development strategies. In addition to identifying industry-wide labor acquisition needs and challenges, FAST will develop relevant benchmarks for use by human resources departments.
While recruiting new talent is critical, companies must also ensure that their current employees stay up to date with the latest technologies in this rapidly evolving industry. FAST will provide education and training resources that firms can use to onboard new employees and introduce them to the industry and to train current workers on emerging technologies. The result will be a more informed and effective workforce not only within a given company, but across the industry.
Security, unlike, say, consumer electronics, has not typically been a career field that most people associate with high technology or that technology reporters cover extensively. FAST is setting out to change that by reintroducing the public and the media to a sector that is leveraging leading-edge technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics and algorithm-based analytics to produce exciting solutions that serve a purpose – protecting people and property.
The FAST jobs board serves as the industry’s leading site for connecting security employers and job seekers. To help companies recover from pandemic-induced economic hardship, FAST will, through August 2021, offer members of the Electronic Security Association (ESA) and the Security Industry Association (SIA) the ability to post jobs on the board at no charge. Your membership with either of these organizations will allow you to access your ESA member discount or your SIA member discount.
But FAST cannot do all this alone. The foundation is looking to partner with as many companies as possible to advance the security industry. If you would like to get involved in FAST activities, please contact FAST@advancingsecurity.org, and if you are interested in supporting the foundation financially, please visit the Donate page.