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Top U.S. universities failing at cybersecurity education

Sarah K. White | April 25, 2016
Cybercriminals are only getting better at what they do, which means the skills gap is growing between the people who hack and the people who stop them. And universities aren't catching up fast enough.

It's a dangerous attitude, considering security touches nearly every industry, especially with the advent of the Internet of Things, which aims to connect every device we use, according to Thomas. But instead of change their major, this student says they decided to pursue a cybersecurity education outside of their university, and went as far to create a campus student organization to provide students with an alternative if they want to learn more about cybersecurity without declaring a computer science minor.

"Curricula are not updated often enough (and in technology, the world is changing very rapidly), there may be politics, staffing difficulties, lack of budget, and so on. There are many factors at play in how programs are developed, but what we must focus on is how to enable universities to set up their students with the tools they need to be successful professionally. We are hoping that exposure of the problem and increased discussion will start the wheels turning in the right direction," Thomas says.

Source: CSO 

 

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