April 10, 2016

"There’s the cybersecurity skills gap, but a new study shows there’s also a major cybersecurity education gap -- in the top US undergraduate computer science and engineering programs."

Dark Reading: An analysis of the top 121 US university computer science and engineering programs found that none of the top 10 requires students take a cybersecurity class for their degree in computer science, and three of the top 10 don’t offer any cybersecurity courses at all. by Kelly Jackson Higgins

'The higher-education gap in cybersecurity comes amid the backdrop of some 200,000 unfilled IT security jobs in the US, and an increasing sense of urgency for organizations to hire security talent as cybercrime and cyber espionage threats escalate.

'Robert Thomas, CEO of CloudPassage, whose company conducted the study, says the security gap in traditional computer science programs is worrisome, albeit not too surprising. “The results were pretty profound,” Thomas says. “When we tested the top universities’ computer science degrees, it was disturbing to find that very few require any kind of cybersecurity [instruction] as part of the curriculum to graduate” with a computer science degree, he says.

'With IT security departments scrambling to fill positions, Thomas says CloudPassage wanted to gauge how universities are preparing computer science graduates for the cybersecurity job market. “Universities have a responsibility to start moving ... to [address] bigger problems in security,” he says.'

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