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New Report Dives Deep into Orlando’s Cybersecurity Talent Opportunities

The report specifically focuses on tactics to recruit and develop Orlando’s cybersecurity talent and invest in the strength of its cybersecurity workforce.

Orlando, Fla. – A new report provides a deep dive into the opportunities that exist for investing in and developing Orlando’s cybersecurity talent workforce. Titled “An Orlando Cybersecurity Talent Deep Dive,” the report focuses on tactics to recruit and develop Orlando’s cybersecurity talent while providing a common language for cybersecurity talent recruitment and outlines the top cybersecurity roles in Orlando.

Released today as part of the UpSkill Orlando initiative, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, the report is the third installment in the Re-Imagining series, which seeks to help employers and higher education providers in the region identify tactics that create upward mobility career paths for Orlando’s residents.

“Florida, and Orlando specifically, is a place of vibrant and growing opportunities, especially in cybersecurity. But potential hires are not always sure about what employers are looking for,” Tracy Rebar, head of HR for Consumer Branch Banking for JPMorgan Chase, says in the report.

“As cybersecurity continues to take on priority for businesses, using similar language in job postings and clearly defining the skills workers need will help build the pool of qualified candidates, ease recruiting pains and reduce barriers to entry for job seekers.”

Tracy Rebar, head of HR for Consumer Branch Banking for JPMorgan Chase

“There are currently 4,300 cybersecurity job openings in Orlando, an amount larger than the total headcounts for many of Central Florida’s top employers,” said Tim Giuliani, Partnership President and CEO.

“Understanding the need to reskill, upskill and take advantage of existing skillsets is essential for both employees and employers to maintain competitiveness.”

Tim Giuliani, Orlando Economic Partnership President and CEO

The report finds that if companies in Orlando were to implement skills-based hiring tactics and partner with higher education to upskill their existing workforce, they would open their candidate pools to the 750,000 working adults without a four-year degree. While these candidates lack a four-year degree, they may possess the important power skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication, which are valued just as much by cybersecurity employers.

UpSkill Orlando is a regional, skills-based hiring platform that promotes new methods of hiring for local employers. Skills-based hiring is a strategy that generates value for both employers and applicants by creating skill-focused job descriptions and evaluating candidates based on distinct skillsets vs. experience. It requires a mindset shift—one that encourages an employer to evaluate an individual’s skills and abilities instead of background, and rethink job requirements. When implemented, skills-based hiring: helps fill jobs quickly, retains talent, diversifies an organization’s talent pipeline, and helps provide a greater awareness of skill attainment and critical upskilling needs.

The report, along with reports I and II in the re-imagining series can be found at

Those interested in acting on the findings of the report are invited to participate in the SKILLFUL® Talent Series, which runs May 12 through June 2, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase and in partnership with Skillful. The program is focused on cybersecurity talent recruitment and retention strategies and participants will learn how to break away from traditional hiring methods and transition to skills-based employment practices. Learn more and register here.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Justin Braun at 407.902.0211 or at

About UpSkill Orlando

UpSkill Orlando is a regional, skills-based talent strategy driving a pathway to broad-based prosperity™ made possible through the generous support of JP Morgan Chase & Co. and a partnership with Skillful, an initiative of the Markle Foundation. UpSkill Orlando seeks to create upward mobility opportunities by working with local employers and educators together to create skills-based career pathways.

About JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $3.2 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of customers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at