IT skills shortage hampers UK response to cybersecurity needs

March 1, 2013 at 1:28 am 4 comments

From the US yesterday to the UK today, there’s a similar theme connecting computing education and cybersecurity. Maybe the next round of government investment in computing education is going to happen with a goal of providing more warriors (and defenders) in the cybersecurity wars.  The UK is worried (below) that the lack of computing education in schools means that not enough kids are getting interested in computing to work in cybersecurity.

A new report by the National Audit Office claims the IT security skills gap will take up to 20 years to close, and leave UK PLC at risk of attack.

The IT security skills shortage could hamper the UK’s ability to protect itself from cyber threats, as the “decade-long decline” in computer science teaching in schools and universities takes its toll.

via IT skills shortage hampers UK response to cyber threats | IT PRO.

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