Survey: U.S. Students Aren't Being Guided Towards Cyber Security Careers

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According to the results of a recent survey [PDF] of more than 1,000 U.S. adults, 82 percent of U.S. millenials say no high school teacher or guidance counselor ever mentioned to the them the idea of pursuing a career in cyber security, and less than a quarter of young adults aged 18 to 26 believe such a career would be interesting at all (h/t SC Magazine).

Still, the survey, commissioned by Raytheon and conducted by Zogby Analytics, also found that 86 percent of millenials say it's important to increase cyber security awareness programs in the workforce and in formal education programs -- and while 35 percent of young men are interested in a career in cyber security, only 14 percent of young women are.

"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, said in a statement. "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."