Cybersecurity Act of 2012 and College Education

Jon Rajewski CyberSecurity

CyberSecurity is a very broad term that could be considered an umbrella expression for a number of areas. In 2009 President Obama declared that the “cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation” and that “America’s economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cybersecurity.” 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) put together a dramatic video highlighting the career of a CyberSecurity professional. Also please note that on the DHS website you can apply for their internship program.

My primary role at Champlain College is to educate students in the areas of digital forensics and CyberSecurity. When I see something like the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 making headway in the US Senate and President Obama writing an article in the Wall Street Journal to support the passing of said Act, colleges across America should be actively preparing to educate the future workforce.

Based on my knowledge of the industry and reading the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, there are going to be a plethora of jobs created/maintained in the following areas:

  1. Ethical Hacking;
  2. Penetration Testing;
  3. Vulnerability Assessment;
  4. Continuity of system operations;
  5. Cyber forensics;
  6. Offensive and defensive cyber operations.
These positions will likely be opened/maintained within the US/local government agencies, government contractors and private industry for years to come. 
Also included in this Act is the opportunity for students to apply for 1 of 1000 scholarships (Pages 127-130 of the Act) towards a program specializing in CyberSecurity.
If you are thinking of entering the world of CyberSecurity as an undergraduate college student or pursuing your career with a graduate/masters degree feel free to reach out to me to discuss. Again as I noted in the above paragraph, my role right now is to help prepare students to be successful in the area of CyberSecurity. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.