Now more than ever, our digital culture has shaped both what is taught at schools and how it is taught. While educators are challenged to keep up with the speed of this change, the rise of digitization has also created immense opportunities for educators and students alike.

Cybersecurity—a term that was not a household phrase 10 years ago—is now a topic that has permeated nearly every industry. As a result, educators must teach young students to not only stay safe online, but to also understand the roles needed to help strengthen the fight against cybercrime.

While educators and guidance counselors are still learning more about the industry and may struggle to recommend a career path in this rapidly evolving industry, cybersecurity leaders are tasked with recruiting and retaining the best security professionals from a very limited talent pool.

Building a wider pipeline

You may be surprised that one of the biggest challenges facing companies is simply finding enough people to fill the increasing number of jobs needed in this field. The security skills gap is well documented, with the most recent studies predicting that the cybersecurity talent gap will reach 1.8 million open and unfilled positions globally by 2022.

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About the Author:

By Heather Ricciuto is the Academic Outreach Leader for IBM Security.