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Preparing the Next Cyber Defenders

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CSU is working with business partners to establish paid apprenticeships for students working to finish cyber degrees.

Credit: Chico State

The California State University is working to address a workforce gap of more than 700,000 cybersecurity jobs in the United States by accelerating its graduates into a broad range of cyber careers.

"The awesome thing about cybersecurity is that one can choose from a broad range of career fields: computer forensics, national security, space systems, technical writing, policy development, privacy and compliance," says Ed Hudson, systemwide chief information security officer at the CSU Chancellor's Office. "One doesn't have to be extremely technical, or a 'coder' in order to have a career in cybersecurity."

Four CSU institutions are recognized as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. And at least six CSUs currently offer undergraduate or graduate degrees in cyber, while several more campuses offer certificates in computer science and/or cybersecurity. In addition, several CSUs have established community outreach efforts and education pipelines to attract more school-age young women and underrepresented people to cybersecurity and STEM careers.

From California State University
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