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DoD CIO Establishes Cybersecurity Training Provider Marketplace

DAU is now represented in the new DoD 8140 Cyber Workforce (DCWF) Qualification Provider Marketplace online.
DoD workforce members in a meeting.
DoD workforce members in a meeting.
Roy Wilson and Matthew Sablan / February 26, 2024

DoD CIO Establishes Cybersecurity Training Provider Marketplace

DAU is now represented in the new DoD 8140 Cyber Workforce (DCWF) Qualification Provider Marketplace online. Intended for DCWF personnel, the Marketplace is a time-saving platform that utilizes a simplified search to find preapproved cyber training products. It includes a sophisticated but simple-to-use search engine that can search by role code or training provider, allowing the user to find training providers who can assist them in fulfilling cyber workforce foundational qualification requirements. Each position within the DCWF includes billet qualification requirements at the basic, intermediate and advanced level with associated foundational qualification requirements. 

The DoD Cyberspace Workforce Strategy, available at the DoD Cyber Exchange, set the requirement for this Marketplace. The drafters for the strategy chose a web-based marketplace as the best approach for establishing and maintaining the list of all vetted providers. The Marketplace application process allows cybersecurity providers to have new courses evaluated, added and removed as needed. The website architecture continues to improve search capabilities and the user interface experience. 

DAU provided extensive support to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in developing the Marketplace application process for academic institutions. DAU Professor Roy Wilson conducted a 6-month faculty rotation with the DoD CIO Workforce Innovation Directorate. All applications from academic institutions, government and commercial cybersecurity training providers are processed through an artificial intelligence (AI) tool developed by the DoD CIO and evaluated for alignment with DCWF work role codes. This AI tool evaluated several DAU courses and workshops, and those courses satisfy the minimum training requirements for 21 of the 71 cyberspace work roles within the DCWF. 

The full list of DAU resources included in the DCWF marketplace include the following:  

Read the DoD Manual 8140 and other documents at the DoD CIO Library. Access the DoD 8140 Cyber Workforce Qualification Provider Marketplace online. 

DoD workforce members in a meeting. Roy Wilson and Matthew Sablan