Cybersecurity programs provide multiple benefits to both students and the workforce by training students to become cybersecurity experts while allowing them to earn college credit and even professional credentials at the same time.
The ongoing threat against digital security, as well as a current skills shortage that according to analyst firm Cybersecurity Ventures is projected to lead to over 3 million unfilled jobs by 2021, have created a high demand for cybersecurity educational programs. In response to this demand, educators and professional organizations across the nation are joining forces by offering classes such as "ethical hacking" to middle and high-schoolers, providing opportunities for students to earn industry certifications through businesses such as Microsoft, and expanding the library of K-12 cyber-based curricula in schools.
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By: Tamara Haskett
Standards Data Specialist