Are Millennials clueless about cyber?

As this is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, this is a perfect time to comment on a recent article that highlighted the lack of awareness of cyber security that young adults (millennials?) seem to have. Yes, they are naturally steeped in the technology and are aware that they should protect themselves from online ‘bad actors’, but apparently the majority of young adults have no knowledge of the profession of cybersecurity.

The study, sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and conducted by ‘Zogby Analytics’ indicated that about 60 percent of young adults aged 18-26 did not have a clue about the profession or what it was about. They also indicated that their schools did not offer guidance, courses or career paths to the cybersecurity field.

This information should be troubling to those with a vested interest in the security of digital networks. As we all know, there is great shortage of skilled cyber professionals already, and the job demand is only going to increase.

B some estimates opportunities in the cyber security field will rise nearly four times the rate of other IT professionals and over 10 times the rate of the overall job market. So, what needs to be done? First, we need to increase the awareness of the field in guidance offices across the country. Counselors can’t promote our field if they don’t know about it.

We also need to encourage the development of cyber security courses and curriculum in our secondary and post secondary schools. Essentially we need to get the word out about our field and the tremendous opportunities there are for young men and women, just about any way we can.

Cyber Security Awareness month is a good starting place, but let’s keep the momentum going to encourage and enlighten young people about this very important field of endeavor.

Read more by Dr. Jane LeClair and others at the National Cybersecurity Institute.

In addition, watch Dr. LeClair moderate an expert panel sponsored by tw telecom focused on the topic of cyber awareness in Troy, New York, on October 1, in recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

 

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