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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 8. Education
Agency 40. State Council of Higher Education For Virginia
Chapter 170. Cybersecurity Student Loan Repayment Grant Regulations

8VAC40-170-30. Recipient criteria.

A. A recipient shall reside within Virginia during the period of qualified employment in which the contract is in force.

B. A recipient shall begin full-time employment within one year of:

1. Graduation from a public institution of higher education or regionally accredited private institution of higher education with an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science or another academic program recognized by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to prepare an individual for a career in cybersecurity; or

2. Separation from active duty service in the Armed Forces of the United States; having been discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable and having gained experience or received training in computer science during such service.

C. A recipient shall accept an offer of qualified employment from an employer located within the Commonwealth of Virginia.

1. Eligible employers include:

a. A state agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia,

b. An agency of the federal government,

c. A federal or state military or defense organization, and

d. Any private organization that contractually provides cybersecurity services for any organization listed in this subdivision 1 and such private organization.

2. Eligible positions include:

a. Positions tagged with "#COVAcyberjobs" on the website;

b. Positions with role titles such as "Information Technology Specialist I-IV" and "Information Technology Manager I-III";

c. Positions having a cybersecurity component or demonstrating a career-path that leads into cybersecurity responsibilities, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis; and

d. Positions whose job descriptions include the following key words or combination of words, which may be considered on a case-by-case basis:

(1) Cyber, cyber security, cyber-security, security, secure, securing, compliance, threat, detection, vulnerability, audit, compliance, protect, firewall, risk, or incident.

(2) Analyze, collect and operate, investigate, operate and maintain, oversight and development, protect and defend, or securely provision.

Statutory Authority

§ 23.1-203 of the Code of Virginia; Item 141 of Chapter 2 of the 2018 Acts of Assembly, Special Session I.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 8, eff. December 10, 2018.

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