Doug Bedell — October 16, 2013, 3:53 pm

Cyber-security Needs Young Recruits

Anyone in the cyber-security field who has been having trouble hiring young recruits maybe ought to turn to high school teachers and guidance counsellors with this plea: “Tell them about us.” Government Security News reports on a survey indicating that “82 percent of U.S. ‘millennials’ (youngsters born between 1979 and 1994) say no high school teacher or guidance counselor ever mentioned to them the idea of a career in cyber-security.” The survey was commissioned by Raytheon and conducted by Zogby Analytics.

“‘Given that we need to add thousands of cyber-security professionals to the workforce in the coming years, the data shows we have a long way to go in engaging young people inthe idea of a career in syber-security,’ said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance.”

If you’re in cyber-security yourself, and have children in school, this is reason enough for attending parent-teacher meetings, if your local school is holding them, or, children at home or not, for contacting school administrators by other means. Cyber-security may seem an obscure subject, but it’s gaining steadily increasing importance in our Internet-powered world.

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