Cyber Security Bill Highlights the Need for College Degree Holders in the Field

By Catherine Groux
Posted July 25, 2012 02:38 PM

In the future, there will be an even greater need for cyber security degree holders.
In the future, there will be an even greater need for cyber security degree holders.
Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman recently announced that his U.S. cyber defense bill is currently headed to the Senate floor for consideration. To improve the chances that the legislation will be passed, Lieberman created a revised version of the bill, changing some elements he believed would be opposed by Republicans, Bloomberg reports.

Under his original bill, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would be responsible for creating mandatory security standards for critical infrastructure, including chemical plants and power grids. The revised bill, on the other hand, gives infrastructure operators voluntary incentives to improve cyber security.

"We are going to try carrots instead of sticks as we begin to improve our cyber defenses," Lieberman told Bloomberg in an emailed statement. "If that doesn't work, a future Congress will undoubtedly come back and adopt a more coercive system."

In the future, it is expected that cyber security will continue to be a major issue for the U.S. government as it strives to keep its infrastructure secure. For this reason, many professionals, including Alec Ross, senior adviser for innovation at the State Department, believe college students would be wise to major in cyber security.

"If any college student asked me what career would most assure 30 years of steady, well-paying employment, I would respond, 'cyber security,' Ross said, as quoted by The Washington Post.

Tom Kellerman, vice president at Trend Micro and former member of President Barack Obama's cyber security commission, added that the government must hire at least 10,000 cyber security experts in the near future, while the private sector needs even more employees in this area.

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