Filling the cybersecurity workforce gap is education’s responsibility

edscoop | December 04, 2019

Filling the cybersecurity workforce gap is education’s responsibility
To fill the massive demand for cybersecurity talent, secondary and higher education should focus their attention on developing cybersecurity courses that are rooted in IT operations and applications. With 300,000 open cybersecurity positions in the United States and 4 million open cybersecurity positions globally, many technology experts are calling for a forward-thinking approach to the country’s workforce challenges. Among them are Casey O’Brien, executive director of the National CyberWatch Center, a network of schools and businesses advocating for cybersecurity education, and Jim Kowatch, CEO of Infosec Learning, a company that sells a platform for teaching cybersecurity skills.

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This jointly delivered talk by Dr. Thomas Newpher and undergraduate Ben Thier highlights how they are striving to make education a team-based, data-driven practice. They delve into novel research they have conducted on team-based learning, course structure, and classroom dynamics.

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This jointly delivered talk by Dr. Thomas Newpher and undergraduate Ben Thier highlights how they are striving to make education a team-based, data-driven practice. They delve into novel research they have conducted on team-based learning, course structure, and classroom dynamics.