The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren’t Interested


Ben Richmond
motherboard.vice.com
October 23, 2013

Check it out, I’m working on a reboot of The Graduate, set in 2013. Simon and Garfunkel are out, Skrillex is in, and that scene at Dustin Hoffman’s graduation party where everyone’s giving him advice and is being all out of touch and stuff goes like this:

“Come with me for a minute I want to talk to you. I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Cybersecurity. There’s a great future in cybersecurity.”

Cybersecurity, as an industry, is booming. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs as network systems and information security professionals are expected to grow by 53 percent through 2018. Yet, just like Hoffman doesn’t have any interest in plastics in 1963, young people today aren’t interested in getting jobs in cybersecurity.

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