Securing the Human: Broadening Diversity in Cybersecurity

Mohammad, A., Bhatia, S., Gagne, G., Kari, C., Maguire, J. , Mountrouidou, X., Tudor, L., Vosen, D. and Yuen, T. T. (2019) Securing the Human: Broadening Diversity in Cybersecurity. In: 24th Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2019), Aberdeen, Scotland, 15-17 Jul 2019, pp. 251-252. ISBN 9781450363013 (doi:10.1145/3304221.3325537)

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Abstract

Recent global demand for cybersecurity professionals is promising, with the U.S. job growth rate at 28%, three times the national average. Lacking qualified applicants, many organisations struggle to fill open positions. In a global survey, 2,300 security managers reported that 59% of their security positions were unfilled, although 82% anticipated cyberattacks to their systems. At the same time, the cybersecurity field is broadening, not only in technical concepts but also in human factors, business processes, and international law. The field has not become culturally diversified, however. Professionals hired in 2018 included only 24.9% women, 12.3% African Americans, and 6.8% Latinos. These facts create an opportunity for higher education: diversify the profession while increasing the numbers of skilled computer scientists. New and integrated methods of attracting student populations in the field of cybersecurity are needed. The working group goal is to evaluate the effectiveness of approaches used in higher education to diversify the cybersecurity field through literature review, analysis of the findings, and a survey on techniques used for diversification of the cybersecurity field.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Additional Information:The team acknowledges support provided by the US National Science Foundation under Award No. DUE-1700254.
Keywords:Diversity, cyber security.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Maguire, Dr Joseph
Authors: Mohammad, A., Bhatia, S., Gagne, G., Kari, C., Maguire, J., Mountrouidou, X., Tudor, L., Vosen, D., and Yuen, T. T.
Subjects:Q Science > Q Science (General)
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Research Group:Centre for Computing Science Education
ISBN:9781450363013
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in 24th Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2019): 251-252
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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