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Susan O'Rourke | August 24, 2022

As cyber-attacks have risen in recent years, targeting healthcare companies, colleges, and governments across the globe, schools are rising to the challenge by training students to become the next leaders in cybersecurity.

Research has shown that administrators, educators, and students are invested in achieving greater data security, both personally and professionally. In their reporting for EDUCAUSE, Jasmine Park and Amelia Vance explained that surveys, including a 2018 Gallup poll, indicate that  “college/university students are wary of privacy risks and value privacy protections.” There are great opportunities to help students understand this global issue and enter into careers to counteract cybersecurity threats.

Maryville University reports on the importance of cybersecurity programs at colleges, explaining that:

“According to the ISACA report, a global skills shortage is impacting the progress of global cybersecurity measures. Eighty-six percent of respondents to ISACA’s survey believe a global cybersecurity skills gap exists. This skills gap impacts business owners who plan to hire cybersecurity professionals, with 92 percent who predict that finding skilled candidates will be difficult.

However, more universities have begun incorporating cybersecurity topics into their coursework. According to Kirk Carapezza, writing for the PBS “Newshour,” cybersecurity topics appear in such diverse areas as digital design, programming, and computer operations.”

UNC World View is committed to helping educators and administrators train students for these impactful careers and invites you to the upcoming UNC World View Community College Symposium: Information Security in an Interconnected World. Held on November 4, 2022 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC, the symposium will feature speakers Dr. Dave Chatterjee (University of Georgia/Duke University), Brian Penders (UNC School of Medicine), and Heather Singmaster (Digital Promise) and discuss how to align the learning goals of technical programs and international workforce needs and integrate global content into what is already being taught in courses.

Click here to learn more and to register!

Additional Resources:

For further reading, check out Dr. Dave Chatterjee’s book, Cybersecurity Readiness: A Holistic and High-Performance Approach 1st Edition.