If there is one bright spot in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election, it’s the increased interest in cyber-security careers among millennials. This is thanks partly to nearly daily news reports over the past few months about Russian cyber-attacks and leaks of the Democratic Party’s private emails. A global survey, commissioned by Raytheon and the National Cyber Security Alliance, reports the number of young adults who have read or heard a news account of cyber-attacks has doubled in the past year. The report finds that growing awareness and increased interest in cyber-security has been driven by initiatives such as cyber competitions in school and cyber safety education. But there is more work to be done particularly in outreach to females. The gender gap exists and appears to be getting worse, which can have an impact on talent recruitment. The survey shows progress in the overall outreach to young adults but also indicates that industry and business leaders, along with educators and parents, need to do a better job of communicating about opportunities in the cyber-security field, particularly for young females. Channel Insider examines key study findings.
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