According to a survey just released by the Cyber Security Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), established a couple of years ago by the U.K. government's Technology Strategy Board, when it comes to security training, U.K. students come up Null.
According to the study, available here, fewer than 20% of IT undergrads get more than five hours on how to incorporate security functionality over the entirety of their coursework.
Wow. No wonder problems with buffer overflows and poor authentication schemes keep popping up, almost daily.
Five hours isn't enough time to review the OWASP Top 10 types of Web application vulnerabilities, let alone get an overview of forensics, compensating controls, what a firewall does, explain why security should be incorporated in the design and functional requirements at the beginning of a project, or even explain how an organization should go about evaluating risk.
This is not to say that all IT students need to know IT security in-depth, but you'd think a class over a semester would be the least the universities could provide to teach IT security theory.
It looks like those who specialize in IT security in the U.K. will be busy for decades to come cleaning up the mess the universities keep churning out.