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Alison Diana, Internet Evolution
Alison Diana, Internet Evolution
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Where Can You Find The Next Generation Of Cybersecurity Pros?

IT organizations are already suffering from a shortage of security professionals. Guess what? It's only going to get worse.

Organizations already coping with a shortage of cybersecurity experts better get used to it -- or figure out new ways to develop talent.

That is one take-away from "Preparing Millennials to Lead Cyberspace," a new Raytheon-commissioned report sponsored by the National Cybersecurity Alliance and the Department of Homeland Security. The study, conducted by Zogby Analytics, focused on 1,000 young adults, ages 18 to 26, in the US.

Becoming a cybersecurity expert is seldom on millennials' radar, the survey found. In part, that could be because 82 percent said guidance counselors and teachers never recommended the career. In part, it could be due to the allure of other, more glamorous-seeming paths: Forty percent aspire to be entertainers and 39 percent have their sights set on becoming entrepreneurs. Within the tech space, 32 percent want to be social media professionals, 30 percent picked software engineering, and only 24 percent cited a cybersecurity path. By comparison, 18 percent want to become politicians and 25 percent aspire to become college professors. Sadly -- but perhaps unsurprisingly given the ongoing difficulties of attracting women to tech careers -- 35 percent of young males versus 14 percent of young females are interested in a cybersecurity career, the study found.

Perhaps one reason millennials are relatively uninterested in cybersecurity is their apparent disregard for online safeguards. Two-thirds of these users have, for example, connected to a public WiFi network that didn't require a password in the past month. One-fifth have never changed their online banking password; 23 percent shared an online password with a non-family member, and 48 percent have plugged into a portable storage device someone gave them within the last month.

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10/25/2013 | 2:45:53 PM
re: Where Can You Find The Next Generation Of Cybersecurity Pros?
Interesting article. Our security experts here at BT agree that there is a cyber-skills gap across all of the sectors, including financial services. It is critical to get people interested in cyber careers. At BT, we have a strategic approach to tackling this issue. For example, we are working with the UK Government to shape the national schooling curriculum and apprenticeship framework. More tactically, we are running events like the Cyber-Security Challenge Masterclass, which has a strong schools programme and sees 4,000 schools compete against each other using cyber-skills and cryptology for a place in a grand final next March where young people will be able to demonstrate cyber skills and win prizes.

The threat landscape is constantly evolving and organisations need to adapt. By bringing together intelligence, horizon scanning, and expert security analysts we help BT and its customers proactively rather than reactively deal with cyber threats. If you would like to speak to any of our global security experts, happy to put you in touch with them.
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Gobnait_bt,
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10/25/2013 | 2:45:53 PM
re: Where Can You Find The Next Generation Of Cybersecurity Pros?
Interesting article. Our security experts here at BT agree that there is a cyber-skills gap across all of the sectors, including financial services. It is critical to get people interested in cyber careers. At BT, we have a strategic approach to tackling this issue. For example, we are working with the UK Government to shape the national schooling curriculum and apprenticeship framework. More tactically, we are running events like the Cyber-Security Challenge Masterclass, which has a strong schools programme and sees 4,000 schools compete against each other using cyber-skills and cryptology for a place in a grand final next March where young people will be able to demonstrate cyber skills and win prizes.

The threat landscape is constantly evolving and organisations need to adapt. By bringing together intelligence, horizon scanning, and expert security analysts we help BT and its customers proactively rather than reactively deal with cyber threats. If you would like to speak to any of our global security experts, happy to put you in touch with them.
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