Cybersecurity Jobs Not Appealing to Younger Generation

Cybersecurity Jobs Not Appealing to Younger Generation

Despite a job gap in the cybersecurity market which has been a booming market for the past several years, the younger generation 18-26, simply are not joining the labor force for this needed area.  In a new study published by Raytheon and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), it shows that throughout the world, more than half (52%) did not feel that their high schools and provided enough cyber learning in this field for them to even WANT to pursue it.  The study also showed a large gap when it came to women in the cybersecurity field.  Per the study, the percentage of women in the cybersecurity workforce remain stagnant at 10% worldwide and this percentage doesn’t seem to have any indication of changing anytime soon.  This along with 17% of males not even interested in this hot job market does not bode well for the future of cybersecurity.

 

Per Dark Reading, “When it comes to interest in the field, 28% more young adults this year said they would likely consider a career that improves Internet security than said so last year, and in the US, fewer women are looking at a career in security, as the gap between young women’s interest in the field versus men’s interest in the field is five times wider than a year ago.”  FIVE times WIDER than it was a year ago?  In an industry who average wage is nearly 80k per year, you would think more people would be flocking to this field looking for above average wages!  Bottom line here is that our education system still does not place cyber education at the pinnacle that it should be.

“The field is five times wider than a year ago”

Another problem cited is the lack of enough entry level jobs, “reports appear to reflect the underlying problem of a scarcity of entry level cybersecurity positions. That limits young graduates from finding and filling cybersecurity positions.”  The catch-22 here is that cybersecurity requires experience, but to get the experience you need to get the cyber-security job.  While this is true, there are many ways to get experience without the job while in college.

ISC2 and CompTIA have created many entry level certifications for those people to get that will get them those jobs such as CompTIA Network+ and Security+ which simply take the knowledge learned in a college environment and preparation for the test.  Per the study “The survey has shown that millennials would likely pursue a cybersecurity career if they are aware of what the job entails.”  Education is key and the US needs to shift its focus and get our education system in line because the fate of the information age is at stake.

Breaches showing the need for more talent in the field:

Experian (includes T-Mobile)
Scottrade
Trump Hotels
Tesla and Chrysler (unrelated to each other)
Apple App Store
U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
Kaspersky & FireEye (unrelated to each other)
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
Ashley Madison
Ashley Madison (follow up)


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References

ISC2

Raytheon
Darkreading
Raytheon Cyber

 


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About Matthew Eliason

Matthew Eliason was born in Houston, Texas.  Upon graduating from high school, he joined the Navy.  His first tour was as an Information Systems Technician of a 130 client DOD network where he developed the documentation and maintenance procedures from 2007-2012.  In 2012, he transferred shore duty where he serves as a system and security administrator.

He graduates with a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology from American Military University in November of 2015. He holds the CompTIA Security+ certification and has extensive experience in DOD Information Assurance (IA) and Cyber Security compliance and procedures.  He enjoys golf, hiking, watching football in his spare time.