02-13-2017 04:40 PM - edited 02-13-2017 04:42 PM
Members of the Cengage Computing Product Development Team attended the Joint-IT Service Provider (JSP) Cyber-security Forum on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017, at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
The Joint IT Service Provider is a new initiative within the Department of Defense to combine numerous IT-focused, but separate, DoD organizations with the Defense Information Systems Agency and will provide the common framework for JITSSP to manage IT services in a uniform fashion across all portions of the DoD.
Cengage’s Kristin McNary, Product Team Manager, and Amy Savino, Associate Product Manager – who both work on our IT, Networking and Cybersecurity lists – attended the Forum, which was open to all IT and Cyber-security professionals who work in the Department of Defense. It was also live-streamed to two other DoD locations beyond the Pentagon.
Kristin and Amy’s presented, “The Missed Opportunity in Higher Education Cyber-security Workforce Development,” and addressed the cyber-security labor shortage, and the disconnect between higher education and the needs of cybersecurity employers. Here’s a breakdown of their presentation:
After returning home, Amy said, “Presenting at the Pentagon was an honor. We spoke with high-ranking officials in various areas of the military along with young people working in entry-level IT Pentagon positions who aspire to move their way up within cybersecurity at the Pentagon. They also take security extremely seriously -- we had to be escorted literally everywhere!"
One audience member said she runs a programming group for girls in K12, and said she would love to see similar enthusiasm for cyber-security in those grades, and beyond. Do you think more of an emphasis is placed on computer programming in K12, and in higher education, than on cyber-security?
What steps can institutions take to develop and offer academic programs to fill the cyber-security labor gap? How can Cengage play an active role in closing this gap?