70% of DevOps Pros Say They Didn't Get Proper Security Training in College

Veracode survey shows majority of DevOps pros mostly learn on the job about security.



Demand for DevOps is rapidly rising throughout corporate America and beyond, but the vast majority of programmers in this field feel their college education failed to provide them with sufficient security training, leaving them to largely learn their most relevant skills on the job.

According to Veracode's 2017 DevSecOps Global Skills Survey, which queried 400 DevOps professionals worldwide, 70% say their college training did not prepare them to be successful in DevSecOps. And given the inadequacy of the security training they received, 65% learned their most relevant skills while on the job, they say.

Additionally, some 80% of survey respondents with a bachelor's or master's degree say they lacked cybersecurity skills prior to entering the workforce.  

"Anecdotally, some of my employees told me they received some security training in college, but it was more like it was an afterthought. There might be a lecture on security here or there, but it was not part of every assignment," says Maria Loughlin, senior vice president of engineering at Veracode. "I think they should make security part of every assignment."

A whopping 85% of survey respondents say they are either somewhat prepared or not at all prepared to securely deliver software at the speed that is usually performed for DevOps, according to the report.

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Dawn Kawamoto is an Associate Editor for Dark Reading, where she covers cybersecurity news and trends. She is an award-winning journalist who has written and edited technology, management, leadership, career, finance, and innovation stories for such publications as CNET's ... View Full Bio

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