The State of the Cybersecurity Workforce and Higher Education

Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly important in today’s digital world, and the need for well-trained cybersecurity professionals is becoming clear - both from the perspective of employers across all industries and sectors, and from that of the general population, who see media coverage of massive data breaches on a near-daily basis. But how do we create a growing, highly-qualified pool of cybersecurity applicants to fill these critical roles? Our survey, The State of the Cybersecurity Workforce and Higher Education, assesses Americans’ opinions on, and awareness of, the cybersecurity field, as well as the role higher education plays in it.

To help address these challenges, Champlain College Online participated in an omnibus survey of over 1,000 U.S. adults, to better understand how cybersecurity is perceived by the general population. Our survey, The State of the Cybersecurity Workforce and Higher Education, Americans’ opinions on, and awareness of, the cybersecurity field, as well as the role higher education plays in it.

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Majority of Americans Concerned About Cyber Threats

88% of respondents were “very” or “somewhat” concerned about cybersecurity threats impacting them personally.

Americans Are Interested in Cyber Careers

72% of respondents would pursue a cybersecurity education if it were paid for by their employer.

Higher Education Can Help Address Cyber Concerns

90% of respondents felt that higher education institutions should ensure all college students—regardless of major—have a basic cybersecurity education.

More Should Be Done to Encourage Women to Enter the Field

85% of respondents felt that more should be done to encourage women to enter the cybersecurity field.

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Survey Finds Sizable Number of Adults Want to Reskill for Cybersecurity Careers

Adults’ willingness to return to college for a cybersecurity degree or certificate rose 31% if employers offered to pay for it.

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Champlain College Online's Role In Enterprise Cybersecurity

Whether you’re looking to develop your cybersecurity pipeline from within, take your enterprise-wide cybersecurity training to the next level, or create leadership on ramps for retaining key cyber talent through investment in their professional development, Champlain can help.

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