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CERIAS: Some thoughts on “cybersecurity” professionalization and education

Relates to the issue of when an employee needs college, and when they don’t.  For Cybersecurity, they do.  Relates to the growing needs in cybersecurity in the UK and in the US.

Too many (current) educational programs stress only the technology — and many others include significant technology training components — because of pressure by outside entities, rather than a full spectrum of education and skills. We have a real shortage of people who have any significant insight into the scope of application of policy, management, law, economics, psychology and the like to cybersecurity, although arguably, those are some of the problems most obvious to those who have the long view. (BTW, that is why CERIAS was founded 15 years including faculty in nearly 20 academic departments: “cybersecurity” is not solely a technology issue; this has been recognized by several other universities that are treating it more holistically.) These other skill areas often require deeper education and repetition of exercises involving abstract thought. It seems that not as many people are naturally capable of mastering these skills. The primary means we use to designate mastery is through postsecondary degrees, although their exact meaning does vary based on the granting institution.

via CERIAS : Some thoughts on “cybersecurity” professionalization and education.

March 25, 2013 at 1:40 am Leave a comment

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says he wants CS in every MA school

The question from Kelly Powers starts around time 0:50, and the Governor responds at 2:25: “Sure, count me in” computer science should be in every school in Massachusetts. – Scott Kirnser of the Boston Globe interviews Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick at the Mass Technology Leadership Council’s annual membership meeting on March 12, 2013.

via Governor Deval Patrick Q&A Session at MassTLC Annual Meeting – YouTube.

March 25, 2013 at 1:23 am 1 comment

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