The Raytheon Millenial Cybersecurity Survey found that less than quarter of people aged 18-26 found the career interesting and 82 percent said no high school teacher ever mentioned a career in cybersecurity to them, Raytheon said Tuesday.
“Given that we need to add thousands of cybersecurity professionals to the workforce in the coming years, the data shows we have a long way to go in engaging young people in the idea of a career path in cybersecurity,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance.
“We have to work together to ensure that young people are prepared to use technology safely, securely, ethically and productively and are aware of the interesting and rewarding jobs available protecting the Internet,” Kaiser added.
Eighty-six percent of millenial respondents said it is important to increase cybersecurity awareness programs in the workforce and in formal education programs.
“Today’s millennials are tomorrow’s leaders and their embrace of technology will continue to drive our economy forward,” said Jack Harrington, vice president of Cybersecurity and Special Missions for Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services business.
“This survey shows the gaps that exist in teaching personal online security to our youth and in our efforts to inspire the next generation of innovators,” he added.