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My 5 Wishes For Security In 2014
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Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
12/18/2013 | 10:22:23 AM
STEM & liberal arts
Dave -- There are so many thoughtful and provactive wishes on your list that I don't know where to begin to comment.  Given that I come from a liberal arts and not a STEM, background I'll jump in there. I can't say how gratifying it is to hear a technologist make the case for a balanced education. Yes, science matters but most of today's most vexing issues surrounding technology (think NSA & privacy) are not going to be revolved by a technology solution. We definitely need to change the "T" and "E" in STEM to trust and ethics. 
davepiscitello
davepiscitello,
User Rank: Apprentice
12/18/2013 | 2:15:43 PM
Re: STEM & liberal arts
Thanks Marilyn,

I think the narrow focus that STEM suggests is not as universally shared among InfoSec practitioners as we're led to believe. Many of my colleagues have excellent programming skills, but programming isn't the only basis from which we can develop amazing forensic or investigatory skills. I'll speculate that many successful InfoSec companies or departments are diverse background and multi-disciplinary.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
12/20/2013 | 7:44:53 AM
Re: STEM & liberal arts
What about the computer science and engineering schools? Do you think there is enogh emphasis on the liberal arts in the standard curriculum to provide context to the ambigious technical issues we're grappling with ( like security and privay) today? On the other hands liberal arts could do also a better job teaching people that technology is more than just sending snapchats or email from a smartphone. 
davepiscitello
davepiscitello,
User Rank: Apprentice
12/20/2013 | 1:28:11 PM
Re: STEM & liberal arts
I think the obsession with STEM is more common among policy makers and parties with commercial or defense interests than among educators. Whenever there is a perceived shortage of a profession - law, medicine, teaching - there always seem be calls for "solutions" like STEM that promise to quickly fill the perceived shortage. 

People outside information security imagine that if we had several hundred thousand more InfoSec professionals then the Internet would "be secure". I don't think it's this simple. I do think that we need to raise awareness  and set expectations about privacy in education if we want a society that makes intelligent or informed choices about how technology and information is used.


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