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Well-Trained Cybersecurity Pros Needed to Fill 1.8 Million Open Jobs

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by Angela Guess

According to a new press release, “After an extensive two-year process, a joint task force led by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) has released a first-ever set of global curricular recommendations in cybersecurity education. This new set of guidelines, Cybersecurity Education Curriculum (CSEC2017), is designed to be the leading resource for comprehensive cybersecurity curricular content at the post-secondary level. More than 320 advisors drawn from 35 different countries contributed to CSEC2017.”

The release goes on, “The growing dependence on the world’s cyber infrastructure—which includes everything from banking and financial services, to critical infrastructures such as utility companies, to classified government documents, to the personal information of ordinary citizens—means that almost every aspect of the way we live in the digital age is vulnerable to cyberattack. As a consequence, the need for cybersecurity professionals has grown exponentially in the past 10 years and shows no signs of slowing. Government and non-government sources estimate that 1.8 million cybersecurity-related positions worldwide will go unfilled by the year 2022. In order to meet this demand, academic departments around the world are launching initiatives to establish new cybersecurity degree programs or add cybersecurity education onto existing degree programs.”

Read more at ACM.org.

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