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Cybersecurity degrees aren’t enough for today’s jobs, industry execs say

Industry executives and government officials say most college graduates are not coming out of school with the skill set and hands-on experience needed to work in cybersecurity.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, over 55,000 American students received bachelor’s degrees in computer science and information systems in the 2013-2014 school year. But international polls have also shown that only about 23 percent of cybersecurity industry respondents believe those graduates are prepared to work, said Marianne Bailey, deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity at the Department of Defense.

Geoffrey Bloom, CEO of Intelesys Corp., said the problem is that oftentimes the degree is not enough. Cyber education is a good foundation, he said, but is still no match for hands-on experience and training in the field.

Read the full article from the Baltimore Business Journal.

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