What We Do
The Secretary of Technology and its agencies are responsible for the efficient and effective use of information technology to simplify government operations, advance technology applications to improve public services, and drive the innovation economy through the Commonwealth's leadership.
The Secretary of Technology oversees the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority (IEIA), the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) as an auxiliary to the IEIA, and the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA).
New Free Video Series Showcases Cybersecurity Careers
As the Internet, computers and smart devices become increasingly integral to our lives, the need for ensuring the security of our networks, devices and data has become more critical and the demand for cyber workers more pressing. The cybersecurity field offers high paying, high demand jobs with high worker satisfaction. A shortage of more than 1.5 million cybersecurity workers globally is predicted by the year 2020. (Global Information Security Workforce Study, 2015)
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is a coalition of NASA Centers, universities, state educational agencies and other institutions with a strong commitment to education, workforce development and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Learn more about the VSGC at www.vsgc.odu.edu.
Virginia Expands Cybersecurity Training for Veterans in Bid to Fill Vacant Positions Statewide
Roughly three months after it began, Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Cyber Vets Virginia initiative to retrain veterans to work in the tech sector is expanding with the addition of two academies this spring, said state officials who hope the program will grow even further.
Announced on Veterans Day 2016, the Virginia governor’s plan focuses on filling vacant cyber and tech jobs.
Congratulations to Virginia Tech for winning the Virginia Cyber Cup
In the Virginia Cyber Cup Capture the Flag, competing teams will tackle problems in scenarios designed to model real-world computer security challenges across a range of categories that includes cryptography, network traffic analysis, reverse engineering, steganography, and more.
This competition is hosted by the Virginia Cyber Range.
2017 Cyber Security Awareness: 'Kids Safe Online Poster Contest'
The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) is conducting a 2017 national K-12 poster contest. The goal of the contest is to engage young people in creating posters to encourage other young people to use the Internet safely and securely. All public, private or home schooled students in kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to participate.
The top four Virginia winners from each grade group (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) will be entered into the national competition. Entries received may be used in national, regional and state cyber and computer security awareness campaigns.
Virginia is for Cybersecurity
There are 39 Virginia-based firms on the Q2 2015 Cybersecurity 500 list of the world’s hottest and most innovative cybersecurity companies. Read the Full Article on sandhill.com
Governor McAuliffe Announces Expansion of Cybersecurity Apprenticeships
“Having competency-based registered apprenticeships provides Virginia with yet another tool to leverage as we work to strengthen our pipeline of high-quality, industry-ready cybersecurity professionals,” said Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson. "Introducing registered apprenticeship occupations in an industry sector like cybersecurity that has not traditionally employed apprentices will boost the ability of young adults and career switchers to attain in-demand skills and even earn industry certifications and college credits while simultaneously working full time and earning wages.
Governor McAuliffe’s commitment to increasing registered apprenticeships in IT and cyber security led to a recent launch of a VDOLI administered program that provides fiscal incentives of up to $1,000 a year for related instruction costs. Companies hiring IT or cybersecurity apprentices are eligible for the incentive.” Read Full article
New Award to Virginia Space Grant Consortium Supports Community College Partnerships to Develop the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Workforce in Virginia
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is leading a statewide partnership to develop the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Workforce in Virginia by creating career pathways at Virginia’s community colleges.
VSGC, Virginia Community College System (VCCS), Thomas Nelson Community College (Thomas Nelson), Mountain Empire Community College (Mountain Empire), and Virginia Tech are partnering on the Geospatial Technician Education-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (GeoTEd-UAS) project. GeoTEd-UAS will prepare students for success as UAS operations technicians who will plan and fly UAS missions and analyze geospatial data to solve problems and answer questions.
Explosive growth and innovation in UAS technology and integration will create new UAS jobs and a demand for a trained workforce in this emerging sector. Virginia’s Community Colleges working with the VSGC and other partners are well-positioned to prepare the future UAS workforce thanks to a new award of $899,847 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) program. Continue Reading VSGC UAS News Release
Governor McAuliffe Signs Senate Bill 286; viewing of visual displays while vehicle is being operated autonomously
June 9, 2016 Governor McAuliffe signed SB 286 that allows for the viewing of a visual display while the vehicle is being operated autonomously. Current law only allows equipment with a visual display of a television broadcast or signal if the equipment's interlock disables when the motor vehicle is driven. This pro-legislation will further promote Virginia's stance on unmanned systems and continue to build an innovative and technologically advanced economy.
Modeling and Simulation
Modeling and Simulation reports prepared by The ASTA Group, LLC. Click on the links below to read more on each report as well as analysis by region of M&S across the Commonwealth.
Governor McAuliffe and the Commonwealth of Virginia want to know if you are online. If you are in need of internet service please take a moment to answer a few questions regarding your need. Responses will be mapped and shared with policy makers to stimulate broadband policy and funding discussions throughout the remainder of the administration.
Broadband adoption rates and gaps in U.S. metropolitan areas
For many Americans, daily life orbits around a high-speed Internet connection. Workers and students go online to communicate and learn. Families stay in touch through live video feeds. Job seekers often need an electronic resume and an email address for applications. Smartphones put maps, social networks, and video streams in people’s pockets. The American economy has gone digital. Continue Reading
DNG Brings Broadband to Underserved Eastern Shore through Technology & Innovation
Declaration Networks Group (DNG), headquartered in Vienna, VA, is utilizing publically-funded fiber networks to extend broadband services through use of innovative technology. DNG’s dynamic high-speed Internet solutions are currently being delivered to the underserved Eastern Shore of Virginia. Under the brand name, NeuBeam™, the company offers a fixed wireless service that uses a blend of unlicensed spectrum including TV White Space. This innovative technology approach enables DNG to provide broadband to previously unserved/underserved communities at connection speeds that rival fiber.
GMU STEM Summer Camps
July 15 - August 19 (Weekly Classes)
RamHacks (VCU Software Development Competition)
Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)
In response to the increasing demand for skilled STEM workers in Virginia, the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) has created the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP). CSIIP links companies and students in Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Technology, including high-need areas such as Information Technology, Information Security, Big Data, Data Analytics, and Cybersecurity. We invite companies offering paid opportunities for STEM interns majoring in these important areas.
|Code for America's Fellowship Program
Code for America's Fellowship Program pairs teams of technologists with local governments to develop digital tools that help cities and counties deliver key public services across health, economic development, and safety and justice. Applications for the 2016 Fellowship are now open! Use your skills to improve community and police relations, lower barriers to health services, or streamline how government purchases everything from paperclips to software.
Curious to learn more about the Fellowship before applying? Check out all the details and see some of what the current fellows are working on.
|Presidential Management Fellows Program
The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program seeks eligible individuals for selection as Finalists to obtain appointments as PMFs in the Federal Government. Presidential Management Fellows are assigned to work in a broad range of areas including public policy and administration, domestic and international issues, information technology, acquisition, human resources, engineering, health and medical sciences, financial management, and many other fields in support of public service programs. This year, the PMF Program continues the STEM track pilot for those Finalists having specific advanced degrees in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM). After the application closes, Semi-Finalists will be determined and invited to participate in an in-person assessment, which will be factored into selecting Finalists.
Save the Date
Friday, October 13, 2017
2017 Regional Cybersecurity Conference
Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium
Templin Hall, 99 Thomas Nelson Drive
Presented by: Thomas Nelson, Norfolk InfraGard & The Hampton Roads Cybersecurity Alliance
The Opportunity Project
The White House Launches The Opportunity Project
Utilizing Open Data to Build Stronger Ladders of Opportunity for All
The Opportunity Project will put data and tools in the hands of civic leaders, community organizations, and families to help them navigate information about critical resources such as access to jobs, housing, transportation, schools, and other neighborhood amenities.The Opportunity Project Fact Sheet
Virginia Community College Students Collect Data for NASA Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Thirteen students from five Virginia Community Colleges can now add unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and NASA to their resumes thanks to their work on a sea level rise study for NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The students recently completed four-days of fieldwork at NASA Wallops in which they planned and conducted UAS missions, analyzed data, and prepared a report for NASA.
StateScoop's Top 50 Women in Technology 2017
Meet StateScoop’s inaugural list of the Top Women in Technology for 2017 — an elite group of the women across the state and local government community who are infrequently recognized, but constantly working to improve government and the lives of those governed.
Major League Hacking
Major League Hacking (MHL) is the official student hackathon league. View events and competitions near you and test your hacking skills.