Addressing the Cybersecurity Talent Shortage at the Undergraduate Level

Introduction

One of the biggest decisions you can make in your life is what career you want to pursue. Often this decision is made early on in adulthood at the point of entering tertiary education. A career in the tech industry is an essential part of the economy and the numbers confirm this; for example, in the U.S.  the high-tech industry employed almost 17 million people (1). The salaries are good, too; the average salary for a software engineer is around $89,000 and for a Senior Project Manager of Operations, it’s $120,000. (2)

But even with an attractive buoyant industry with good prospects, recruitment is becoming difficult. Lack of qualified candidates plagues the industry and 57% of IT professionals expect that the need for graduate-level candidates will only increase. (3)

In a survey by CompTIA, they found that although young people love technology, only 19% would be interested in following a technology-based career. (4)

The cybersecurity sector of the industry is also facing a lack of young people entering the profession. The TeenTech initiative in the UK, which works to encourage young people into a career in technology and science, has said that “Unfortunately careers in cyber security do seem to be a rather well-kept secret as far as teenagers and indeed parents are concerned”. (5)

The old adage “Love what you do and you’ll never work another day in your life” should apply to young and old alike, and we should, by rights, be seeing people under 24 rushing for careers in the technology sector. The fact we aren’t begs the question, why?

Why are young people not looking for careers in the cybersecurity sector?

The reasons why younger people are not choosing a career path in technology, and specifically cybersecurity, are likely to be varied, but certain (Read more...)

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