Cyber-Security Training a Top Priority for Industry, Government
With forecasts of heavy demand for cyber-security professionals through 2020 and beyond, private- and public-sector organizations continue to develop outreach programs.In an effort modeled after the 1950s push to educate Americans in hard sciences and mathematics, U.S. private and public organizations have launched a number of initiatives to build cyber-security expertise this year, including partnerships with universities to develop cyber-security training programs and coursework to build a steady supply of technical graduates. This week, IBM expanded its Cyber Security Innovation Program, a program through which the company works with universities to develop courses, provide tools to educators and fund cyber-security research and academic programs. The program is not about creating cyber warriors, but about training the architects of future security solutions, Marisa Viveros, vice president of IBM's Cyber Security Innovation, told eWEEK. "It is really about creating a new set of talent in future employees so they will understand security, no matter their background," she said. "It does not have to be an engineer; it could be on the business side; it could be in management." Cyber-security professionals continue to enjoy strong demand and low unemployment, especially in the United States. The International Information Security System Certification Consortium, or (ISC)2, predicts that the rolls of U.S. cyber-security professionals will grow by 11 percent each year through 2020. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates the growth to be twice that.
The Obama administration has flagged cyber-security education as a major part of its Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, recalling the push to develop mathematics and engineering expertise in the nation's school children in the 1950s.