A new internship program backed by the city government of New York is launching to diversify the cybersecurity talent pipeline. Run through the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the internship program is aiming to increase the number of women and people of color in the cybersecurity field by serving as a conduit between candidates and companies in need of cybersecurity workers. NYCEDC will be funding the recruitment and matchmaking efforts, and the intern salaries will be determined by the partner companies based on level of experience and role. The internships will be both part time and full time and all participants must be New York City residents.NYCEDC one reason it is spearheading the program is because just 24% of the cybersecurity workforce is female. NYCEDC President and CEO Andrew Kimball said the program will provide diverse candidates with resources and training for future opportunities in the cybersecurity industry.