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The State of the Cybersecurity Workforce and Higher Education survey, conducted through Engine Insight’s Online CARAVAN® omnibus, asked U.S. adults ages 18 and up for their opinions on and awareness of the cybersecurity field, as well as the role that higher education plays in it. Of the 1,004 adults surveyed, 41 percent said they would probably or definitely consider returning to college to earn a certificate or degree to prepare for a cybersecurity job. However, willingness rose to 72 percent if current employers were willing to pay for respondents’ education in preparation for an in-house cybersecurity job. Those respondents most willing to consider pursuing an employer-funded cyber education were between the ages of 35 and 44.
“These findings are great news for employers seeking to address the cyber skills gap within their organizations yet facing recruitment challenges,” said Melissa Marcello, associate vice president at Champlain College Online. “Our survey shows that employers have a ready and willing pool of future cyber experts within their current workforce, if they're willing to provide the resources and support to upskill and train them.”
Other key findings from Champlain’s survey:
“Cybersecurity is crucial to so many industries that it's vital for everyone, regardless of gender, age or career field, to have at least a baseline understanding of cyber principles,” said Kathleen Hyde, chair of cybersecurity programs at Champlain College Online. “For those seeking more, like career changers, nearly everyone is an ideal candidate for a cybersecurity degree or certificate program because of the vast landscape.”
Champlain College Online fielded its online cybersecurity survey from June 21–24, 2018, with a randomized, nationally representative sample of 1,004 U.S. adults ages 18 and above. Champlain’s online bachelor’s and master’s degrees in digital forensics, cybersecurity and economic crime investigation have been recognized nationally for their quality, including by the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center, Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.
To download a copy of the full survey report, please visit: champlain.edu/cybersurvey.
About Champlain College Online: At the forefront of one of the most innovative, regionally accredited, not-for-profit colleges in the nation, Champlain College Online prides itself on a long history of providing career-focused education to adult learners. One of the oldest online institutions in the United States, Champlain College Online was established in 1993 by Champlain College, a non-profit private college founded in 1878 and offering a campus undergraduate experience in Burlington, Vermont. Today, Champlain College Online is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a leader in online higher education and serves more than 3,000 students through more than 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates in high-growth fields like cybersecurity, healthcare administration and human resource management.
Through the strategic alliance program known as truED, Champlain College Online has pioneered a bold reimagining of workforce development to create additional opportunities for adults to further their education in Champlain College's award-winning online academic programs aligned to needs in government and industry. For more information, visit Champlain.edu/online.