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Universities 'failing to provide adequate' education for cybersecurity

A study from CloudPassage found that the top ranked universities are failing to offer adequate courses in cybersecurity.

According to the report, it found that out of the top ten computer science programmes in the US, not a single one required a cybersecurity course to graduate. Out of the full list of 50, only three schools required a course.

In an era where high-profile data breaches and thefts are becoming increasingly frequent, security has increasingly become a top priority for businesses and experts in the field are highly sought after. However, higher education institutes are not providing the relevant education needed to train budding cybersecurity professionals.

Robert Thomas, CEO of CloudPassage, said the survey shows that immediate and drastic change is needed. “In a world of escalating threats and attacks — universities have a responsibility to address security with their students,” he said.

The research assigned a grade to each university that carried out a computer science degree and found that out of the top 50 schools, no universities earned the top grade, and only three managed to gain a B. 11 earned a C, 28 a D and eight earned just an F.

The statistics, according to Mr Thomas, show that cybersecurity is still not a priority for most universities even with schools that have a highly regarded computer science programme. He highlights a growing skills gap in the field of cybersecurity and views universities current priority of assigning cybersecurity as an elective.

"There needs to be a fundamental shift in the cybersecurity paradigm; we must get to a point where every university requires computer science majors to complete cybersecurity training as a graduation requirement so that the programmers and developers of the next generation have security front-of-mind when delivering products to market," says Thomas.

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