May 2016: Top Universities Not Teaching Cybersecurity

A study performed by CloudPassage, a cybersecurity company, in April 2016 revealed a disturbing trend in computer science education. 

CloudPassage's study revealed that of the top 10 computer science undergraduate programs in the United States, none required a cybersecurity course. Of these top 10 programs, only 3 offered any cybersecurity courses to undergraduate students. This study of the top 121 universities revealed that it is not until 36 computer science programs are considered that one is found that requires a cybersecurity class for an undergraduate degree. Inspired eLearning's Tyler Cohen Wood says, "These alarming statistics and reveal a huge gap in computer science education that needs to be addressed. Universities with computer science programs have a responsibility to incorporate cybersecurity into their degree programs. [sic]"

With cybersecurity breaches making headline news seemingly every day, a security-aware workforce is imperative. Since institutions of higher education in the United States are not providing this education, the responsibility falls on companies and other organizations to provide this education in order to protect their own cybersecurity. However, this responsibility presents a real challenge to companies. In-depth and technical cybersecurity training is expensive and time consuming for companies to provide to their workforce. Additionally, finding the proper courses to make up for the education that employees should have received while pursuing their degree is difficult. 

For more information, please read the full Inspired eLearning post.

For more information about the study, please see CloudPassage's full report.