Cybersecurity jobs demand a unique mindset

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In a fascinating op-ed piece in the New York Times, an assistant professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology makes the case that cybersecurity jobs need graduates who can “think like criminals.”

Success in cybersecurity requires a set of skills that can’t necessarily be taught in the classroom, and with the projection of millions of posts needing to be filled in the upcoming three years, universities are having to get creative in their training programs. One such exercise to try to encourage this type of thinking was a class where students were encouraged to cheat on an exam, but if they got caught, they would fail. They all successfully passed (by cheating)!

This approach, of course, comes with its own set of ethical issues, as is acknowledged in the op-ed.

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