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Study: Schools fail to encourage cybersecurity careers

Oct. 15, 2013 - 05:07PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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Despite a shortage of cybersecurity talent, 82 percent of U.S. millennials say no high school teacher or guidance counselor ever mentioned to them the idea of a career in cybersecurity, according to a new Zogby Analytics Survey commissioned by Raytheon.

The survey also found less than one-quarter of young adults aged 18 to 26 believe cybersecurity would be an interesting career, according to a Raytheon press release.

Some 35 percent of young men are interested in cybersecurity, compared with 14 percent of women. However, 86 percent of respondents said that it is important to increase cybersecurity awareness programs in the workforce and in formal education programs.

“Today’s millennials are tomorrow’s leaders and their embrace of technology will continue to drive our economy forward,” said Jack Harrington, vice president of cybersecurity and special missions for Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services unit. “This survey shows the gaps that exist in teaching personal online security to our youth and in our efforts to inspire the next generation of innovators.”

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