With more than 200,000 unfilled jobs, colleges push cybersecurity
PBS NewsHour - 01/22/2015
For the past two decades, David Kaeli has been teaching electrical and computer engineering at Boston’s Northeastern University. Now, a rash of cyber hacks is changing how and what he teaches.
“Security has to be a topic that’s covered, whether you’re teaching a digital design course or you’re teaching a programming language course or an operating course,” Kaeli says. “Where are the holes?”
At Northeastern’s homeland security facility in Burlington, Massachusetts, students are solving actual cyber crimes. The university is offering cross-disciplinary degrees in cybersecurity as well as scholarships for students who serve two or three years in federal, state and local government cybersecurity jobs.
And Kaeli says the university can’t find enough students to fill open slots. “We need to instill in our students an appreciation not just for technologies but also for policy, so the two combined can be much more effective.”