Business and Industry: Cultivating Generation Cyber (Part 1)

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November 27, 2018

Business and Industry: Cultivating Generation Cyber (Part 1)

*This is Part 1 of our 3-part series on the importance on cybersecurity education and what we, as businesses, educators, and students, can do to create more opportunities in the field.

What is “Cybersecurity”? Even though we throw this term around a lot these days, we aren’t always talking about the same thing. To break it down:

  • Cyber: relating to or characteristic of the culture of computers, information technology, and virtual reality; the connectivity of things”.
  • Security: the protection of an entity.

So “Cybersecurity” is essentially the protection of computers, data and networks.

Like it or not, cybersecurity is a prevalent part of our culture. Everyday, cyber criminals launch that impact our daily lives. Have you ever had your identity stolen, or your bank account information, or clicked on the wrong link, or had a computer virus, or, or, or; the list could go on. Chances are pretty close to 100% that you or someone you know has been affected, one way or another.

So what can we do?

In this 3 part series, we’re focusing on tangible steps businesses and industries, educators and students can take to adapt to this increasing need for cybersecurity professionals. The simple solution is to create a Cyber Interstate – a collaborative ecosystem that provides opportunities, both educational and career oriented, to individuals at all levels of the workforce.

To Business and Industry Leaders: Where do you find talented employees? As more and more universities and education systems adopt cybersecurity curriculum and career paths, it’s more important than ever to create internship, externship, and apprenticeship opportunities. Not only do these help bring cybersecurity professions to the top of students’ minds when they consider career options, but they also help establish a tangible path that make cybersecurity a realistic and achievable career.

As cyber professionals and security leaders, we all need to be heavily vested in ensuring our schools (both K-12 AND higher education) are instilling 21st century knowledge, skills and abilities, in our students. This, along with raising awareness about cybersecurity careers, will help our country stay ahead of the curve and evolve with today’s changing technology.

The next part in the series will focus on what educators can do to create more interest, raise awareness and begin training this generation. For more information about the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center or questions about how your business can create more opportunities that lead to a talented workforce, contact us through our website or you can email us directly.