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Jobs in Cybersecurity: Competency vs. Education

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Jobs in Cybersecurity: Competency vs. Education

“We have over half a million open cybersecurity jobs as we speak. And, unfortunately that number is trending up.”

Dr. Eman El-Sheikh is the Director of the Center for Cybersecurity at the University of West Florida and plays a vital role in recruiting future cybersecurity leaders. Today, she sits with Host and Principal Security Analyst Jen Stone to discuss how we can creatively approach cybersecurity careers from all perspectives.

Listen in to learn:

  • What is required for a career in cybersecurity. Do you need a degree? Certifications? Or neither?

  • How a skills-based approach can compliment–not contradict–an educational approach

  • How we as a cybersecurity industry can foster innovation and diversity while continuing education and training

“We take a multi-disciplinary approach, and our message is that regardless of what you’re interested in: programming, IT, engineering, policy, law, management, psychology, or criminal justice, there are pathways to gain cybersecurity knowledge and skills, and there are great jobs waiting for you on the other side.” 

You can learn more about Eman’s work at:

Center for Cybersecurity at the University of West Florida

NIST National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)

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