Cyber Warfare Pushes Colleges to Teach Cybersecurity


January 26, 2015—High demand for cybersecurity appears to be changing curriculum in higher education to prepare students for many unfilled jobs. According to some estimates, there are over 200,000 cybersecurity jobs in the United States that are unfilled.

From the PBS article:

From UMass Boston to Vermont’s Champlain College, institutes of higher education are trying to boost the number of graduates in a field that barely existed ten years ago: cybersecurity. And they’re scrambling to keep up with increased cybersecurity threats.

For the past two decades, David Kaeli has been teaching electrical and computer engineering at Boston’s Northeastern University. Now, a rash of cyber hacks is changing how and what he teaches.

“Security has to be a topic that’s covered, whether you’re teaching a digital design course or you’re teaching a programming language course or an operating course,” Kaeli says. “Where are the holes?”

Read the entire article here.

Will colleges be able to keep up with this newer and rapidly advancing field? What are some alternative methods or sources to learn more about cybersecurity? Feel free to share your thoughts, ideas, and solutions in the comments below.