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Infosec Careers: The New Demands

By GovInfoSecurity.com

December 28, 2011

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A major goal for information security students and institutions should be developing a cultural way of learning instead of simply studying for tests and doing projects, says Purdue University professor Eugene Spafford.

"These students are going to have to get into the habit of reading the news, reading the industry news, and being prepared to go to conferences or training sessions to continue to hone their skills," Spafford says. He believes that students need to take stock in their own education by further developing the skills needed to work in emerging fields.

Spafford also discusses where education has made strides, where programs still need to make improvements, and how today's students need to evolve to fill tomorrow's jobs. He says the state of information security education as a whole is better than it was last year and is getting more attention in several institutions. "The U.S. in particular has an initiative called NICE, which is a national initiative to increase infosec cybereducation," Spafford notes.

He says areas that need the most improvement include boosting the number of good, complete, and sound educational materials, as well as giving students access to state-of-the-art hardware and software.

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