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Millennials Not Pursuing Cybersecurity Careers
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Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
10/28/2015 | 9:06:03 AM
Not exciting maybe?
Although hacking is attractive Security is not exciting in general, that ,as be the reason for it.
windycitycassie
windycitycassie,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/28/2015 | 6:20:05 AM
Re: yup
I think that prior post and people like it may be one reason some women don't want to go into the field. I know I've dealt with enough of it in the years I've been in InfoSec.

As for why more millenials (and women?) aren't going into the field... I do think a lot of it has to do with not understanding the various roles available.  There is a place for coding, but also other aspects such as network security, solution design, etc.  It doesn't hurt at all to know about coding, but it's by no means mandatory.
fl0w3r
fl0w3r,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/27/2015 | 5:18:35 PM
Re: yup
I didn't know much about security while I was in my university. Most courses weren't focused on it. It wasn't until I saw people using a web debugging proxy to steal digital goods that I was interested. I wasn't about to make a game and have all my work for nothing if people could just not pay for it. So I learned what people do to attack programs. Show them the significance of buffer overflow vulnerabilites, format string vulnerabilities, sql injection, etc, by showing how easy it is to do, and they might listen. I suggest picoctf dot com 2013:Toaster Wars and picoctf dot com 2014. It's a high school ctf, but it teaches what attackers do.
fl0w3r
fl0w3r,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/27/2015 | 5:09:41 PM
Re: yup
You can learn hacking/pen testing without breaking the laws. That is what Google and capture the flags are made for. Also, set up VM's and have one as the victim and the other as an attacker. Then get books about hacking and practice the techniques with your VM's.
David Mudkips
David Mudkips,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/27/2015 | 3:23:34 PM
Re: yup
Not surprising with the heavy handed way young hackers are treated these days, putting them in prison or giving them a criminal record isn't going to encourage a new generation. You don't get any good at cybersecurity without breaking a few laws first.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
10/27/2015 | 3:12:35 PM
Re: yup
I'm not a millennial but I certainly  speak for the vast majority of my female peers whose reason for working in IT has nothing to do with dating!  Think challenging work, good pay, opportunity in a growing field. Ladies, speak up!
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
10/27/2015 | 3:12:24 PM
Re: yup
I'm not a millennial but I certainly  speak for the vast majority of my female peers whose reason for working in IT has nothing to do with dating!  Think challenging work, good pay, opportunity in a growing field. Ladies, speak up!
JimmyW414
JimmyW414,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/27/2015 | 2:53:15 PM
Re: yup
A big part of work for women is looking for a date. The IT field has the stereotype of being full of male geeks.
geriatric
geriatric,
User Rank: Moderator
10/27/2015 | 10:09:43 AM
Focus on the Solution
Invariably in these discussions, the gender gap is seen as some sort of problem that needs fixed. But why must we refuse the response of many women who say "I'm just not interested" without the reply being "But we have to find some way to MAKE you interested!". There's nothing inherently deficient about preferring one choice over another. Instead, focus on the characteristics that make for an effective cybersecurity professional, and target those individuals, regardless of irrelevant categories like race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or political party.
Kelly Jackson Higgins
Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
10/27/2015 | 9:39:28 AM
Re: yup
I speak to as many college students as I can about the opportunities in cybersecurity. But they all seem to be focused on coding, coding, coding, and few have any knowledge or insight into the security piece of that puzzle, nor the security industry itself. 
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