By Paul Petefish
It is with great pleasure and pride that I introduce Evolve Security Academy – the first of its kind hands-on, fully immersive Information Security education program focused on creating well-rounded cybersecurity professionals and placing them into high paying jobs.
There is a massive workforce shortage in Information Security space and everyone is feeling it. More than 200,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and postings are up 74 percent over the past five years, according to a Peninsula Press analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (a project of the Stanford University Journalism Program).
A few other interesting statics:
- Demand for U.S. information security professionals is expected to grow by 53 percent through 2018 according to a Rand Corporation study.
- Demand for cyber security professionals over the past five years grew 3.5 times faster than demand for other IT jobs and about 12 times faster than for all other jobs, according to a 2014 report by Burning Glass Technologies in Boston.
- Channel Partners reported that The Pentagon plans to triple its cyber workforce, the FBI’s Cyber Division plans to hire 1,000 agents and 1,000 analysts, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is hiring 1,000 cyber security professionals.
A staggering number of traditional schools (high schools, colleges and universities) aren’t giving their graduates the concrete, practical skills they need to acquire the jobs that are being created in the digital economy according to Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871, the top university-affiliated incubator in U.S. Students often pursue a traditional four-year education with the promise of a high paying job after graduation. Unfortunately, job placement is not a focus of most traditional colleges, and students are left without a job and significant debt.
With the rise of Big Data, every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data – so much that 90 percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years. We are quickly wandering into the wild west of big data and the responsibility lies on the cybersecurity professionals to ensure all of this data is kept safe and secure.
It will never be possible to replace talented and trained security minded people with technology. Evolve Security Academy’s mission is to change the current education model by delivering affordable relevant training, and an outstanding educational experience.