Business Cultivation Training

CyberWorks Business Partners receive free training in utilizing the Cultivation Model to build an internal pipeline of candidates and to effectively host CyberWorks participants. All businesses hosting work and learn participants are asked to required to complete the training.

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The Six Phases of Cultivation

Cultivation is a reproducible six step process designed to strategically transform your organization into a manufacturer of talent. The six steps are merely the outline of the process with suggestions and best practices from which your organization must customize to fully satisfy their requirements.

  1. Candidate Selection
  2. Training
  3. Mission Qualifying
  4. Familiarization
  5. Influencing
  6. Retaining
What You Can Expect

As a CyberWorks business, you can expect the following as part of your experience:

  • Pre-screening of Eligible Candidates able to Succeed in Cybersecurity,
  • Networking Opportunities with Potential Candidates and the Ability to Support Their Development to Meet Your Needs,
  • Attend a Candidate Convention and meet Participating Candidates before Taking on Individuals,
  • Training Support from Workforce Professionals to Customize the Experience,
  • Working with Candidates on the job for 3-12 months for at least 20 hours a week,
  • Training in the Cultivation Model by a business that has significant experience in developing talent

How are Candidates Prepared?

Qualified candidates are chosen through business partner review of resumes, who then begin a two-week sprint hosted by a CyberWorks Training Partner. Unlike traditional classroom training, the Cyber Mindset Training was designed with input from business partners to be hands-on and prepare candidates to be immediately “job ready.” The training will introduce via theory and real-life scenarios issues such as ethics, risk assessment, situational awareness, and problem-solving. These topics will be augmented with essential workplace skills and industry awareness.

CyberWorks Business Partners then have the opportunity to meet with candidates to determine best fit at a “Candidate Convention” and choose candidates for the 3-12 month practical work experience. CyberWorks workforce partners will work with the candidates and businesses to ensure the experience meets the needs of both parties. 

CyberWorks leverages partners, recruiters, and government agencies to search for the best candidates for careers in cybersecurity and IT in Maryland. We do the “heavy lifting” – vetting and screening of education and fit – to provide CyberWorks Business Partners with the best possible candidates. Businesses involved in CyberWorks are committed to helping build a pipeline of future cybersecuirty/IT workers that can fill the needs of the business community and move the industry in Maryland forward. 


Cultivation is a discipline for identifying and mentoring tomorrow's superstars by immersing them in a positive, collaborative, and empowering environment that encourages learning and career development. Cultivation encourages sharing of these personnel across teams where they continue to grow their career while influencing others through collaboration, mentorship and knowledge sharing.​

The Cultivation Model was developed by Brian Walsh, a CyberWorks Business Partner.

What is a CyberWorks Business Partner?

A CyberWorks Business Partner is a cybersecurity or IT company willing to help groom cybersecurity/IT workers to fill their workforce needs. There is no upfront cost to participate. There two tiers of business partners:

  1. Junior Varsity Business Partners take on a vetted candidate and provides hands-on training, skill building, and mentorship for 20+ hours per week. In return, the Business Partners receive funds from CyberWorks to offset the labor cost associated with training. They receive first pick of candidates completing the program and connection to other like-minded businesses. 
  2. Varsity Business Partners support the development of candidates working under the Junior Varsity Business Partners through mentorship, training, in-kind services, etc. 

Cultivation Model