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There simply are not enough cyber-security specialists

John Reed Stark | September 27, 2016

The greatest virtual threat today is not state-sponsored terrorism; newfangled clandestine malware; or a hacker culture run amok. The most dangerous looming crisis in information security is instead a severe cyber-security labor shortage, expected to reach 1.5 million job openings by 2019.

Academia has unfortunately failed to keep up with industry trends and is not producing enough data cyber-security specialists to handle surging demand. According to one recent study, only a handful of the 50 top university computer science programs in the United States require that students take even one cyber-security course. There exist world-renowned schools and academic programs of law (despite an extraordinary...

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