Too Few Cyber Students Take Government Bait

Every day, hackers probe the U.S. military and civilian networks thousands of times and scan them millions of times.

In an article on the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review website, Mike Cronin says the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense offer money to obtain a master’s degree in information security (and sometimes a doctorate) “if the student agrees to work for a U.S. agency for the number of years it took to complete the degree.” The recipient is very likely to get a job with an employer such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense or the National Security Agency.

Dena Haritos Tsamitis, head of Carnegie Mellon University’s Information Networking Institute, said U.S. agencies haven’t nearly enough professionals to protect the nation’s computers and networks from assault. In the nine years since federal officials set up two university scholarship programs for students to become cybersecurity experts for government agencies, they have produced only about 1,400 cyber guards, says the article.

Tim McManus, a vice president at the Partnership for Public Service, said colleges and universities are not doing enough to attract students in the cybersecurity field. “And because of the shortage, much of the work is being done by contractors, so it costs taxpayers more money.”

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