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Enabling Cybersecurity Workforce Development

What is Cyber-CHAMP?

Cyber Competency Health and Maturity Progression (Cyber-CHAMP) is a workforce development evaluation process. It was developed specifically to help organizations and individuals enhance and or begin their cyber workforce development journey. 

Traditionally cybersecurity solutions focus heavily on process and technology to mitigate risk, while overlooking people. INL’s unique approach focuses on the people who are responsible for business strategy, process and practices to enhance cyber maturity via following: 

  • Assessing the cyber health and maturity of an organization.
  • Identifying the most effective organizational cyber structure.
  • Determining competency-based training programs. 
  • Recommending cyber education, training, and certifications. 

Cyber-CHAMP Workforce Evaluations with Industry:

  • Small, Medium, and Large Organizations in the Transportation/Aviation
    • 5 major international airports – forecasted to double this in 2024
  • Small to Medium Critical Manufacturing
    • Local company focusing on manufacturing and machining whose customer base varies from the Department of Energy, mining, industrial, food and beverage packagers.
  • Medium sized Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC)
    • Idaho National Laboratory
  • Large Federal organizations
    • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
    • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Support of state model risk management initiatives:
    • Arizona
    • Florida (Cyber Florida, Statewide initiatives…)


Cyber-CHAMP Workforce – Sector Coverage

Workforce progression in over half the sixteen critical infrastructure sectors as follows:

  • Water and Wastewater
  • Information Technology
  • Transportation
  • Healthcare and Public Health
  • Energy
  • Defense Industrial Base
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Chemical
  • Food & Agriculture

Major Cyber-CHAMP Components

The Cyber-CHAMP framework takes a step back to determine if an organizations first line of defense, the people, are prepared and empowered to combat the many threats that are sure to come their way. One of the unique elements of this framework is that it measures security from an organizational level as well as from an individual level. By doing so, these measurements reveal gaps in security across the entire business ecosystem and will provide the data and visuals to help chart the best path forward.

The Cyber-CHAMP framework provides the structure from which security operational readiness and competency health can be built. The framework is built from national and international workforce development research and application. It can incorporate multiple national and international standards and frameworks, be applied to businesses of any size and any sector of work. 

General Contact

Michelle Farrell

Technical Contact

Shane Stailey

Idaho National Laboratory