David Jarvis, senior consultant at the IBM Center for Applied Insights discusses the key guidance in IBM's report, "Cybersecurity education for the next generation."
About the report
To understand how cybersecurity academic programs, throughout the world, are evolving-- and in the process identify both challenges and emerging leading practices -- IBM interviewed faculty members and department heads from 15 programs in six different countries. Study participants were selected from over 200 programs followed by the IBM Cyber Security Innovation initiative. To fairly represent a diversity of perspectives, we selected programs from various geographies with varying levels of maturity.
Understanding the Need:
The number of cybersecurity-related academic programs around the world – whether called information assurance, security engineering or information security – has increased significantly over the past decade. One reason for this growth is the very strong demand from industry and government for trained professionals as both groups are facing a significant skills gap. In fact, over half of industry respondents in a recent survey said that they had too few information security workers on staff. A UK government report said that it may take 20 years to address current and future information and communications technology (ICT) and cybersecurity skills gaps. To rectify this situation, governments have launched a number of programs, working with industry and academia, to encourage more professionals to enter the cybersecurity field. In the United States, over 160 academic programs have been certified as National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance. Meanwhile, in India, the University Grants Commission has asked that cybersecurity be introduced at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels nationwide, based on a task force recommendation.