Cybersecurity is the essential framework for protecting data, devices, and networks from unlawful use. It is the practice of securing and guaranteeing confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information. Knowing how to protect the information personally, organizationally, and nationally is a critical action for our future. Through cultivating a culture of security, we can not only learn better how to defend ourselves, our communities, but our national security as well. As we prepare youth to face the online world, we must provide them with the necessary education and tools to face emerging cyber threats. Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing field and critical to our infrastructure. The demand for jobs is outpacing the supply of qualified employees. Introducing cybersecurity to our youth plays a crucial role in addressing this shortage by raising awareness and interest in cybersecurity. The goal in offering cybersecurity to high school students is that it will provide the fundamental knowledge they need to pursue cybersecurity career pathways
Cybersecurity is an in¬-demand career field. Unfortunately, there are too few cyber-trained teachers to meet the future demand. Cybersecurity jobs are projected to grow by 31% by 2029 – nearly 8x the national average growth for all jobs! Currently, over 1/3 of the 1.4 million cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled – that’s 520,000 potential careers for your students! Nationally, we are facing a critical shortage of cybersecurity and technology professionals. These roles are in high demand. They are high-paying careers. Our nation needs our K-12 professionals to prepare our students starting immediately as the Next Generation of technology professionals. Unfortunately, one-third of the 1.4 million cybersecurity jobs go unfilled because of few qualified candidates. Every year, as our economy and nation become more dependent upon the internet and technology, the number of technology-related job roles increases.
Are your students prepared to fill those jobs? Become a cybersecurity high school teacher today and train your students with the skills necessary to pursue one of the most promising career fields. A career in cybersecurity will allow your students to make a difference in all aspects of society – from healthcare to the global economy, from e-commerce to national security.