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Community Colleges Helping to Fill Cybersecurity Demand

by Allison DeNisco

Lucrative jobs in cybersecurity are booming, yet companies still struggle to find IT professionals with the necessary skillset. The cybersecurity field is experiencing a huge shortage, with job postings in the profession increasing 74% over the past five years. A Cisco report estimates that there are currently 1 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide. To fill the gap, some community colleges and universities are enhancing their computer science offerings to include a cybersecurity focus.

A September 2016 Modis survey found that of 500 technology leaders, 22% said security and infrastructure skills were the most difficult to find in job candidates. And 40% of CXOs surveyed said external threats were their company’s largest security worry.

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