Educational Technology

March 30, 2019

Montana high school girls encouraged to learn cybersecurity skills

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MTN News

The demand for lucrative cybersecurity jobs is rising rapidly, but experts in the field say they’re having a hard time finding people to fill them. In fact, a 2017 report shows more than 300,000 open cybersecurity jobs in America.  There’s also a severe lack of women in cybersecurity. Data from 2017 shows women make up just 11% of the workforce. In Montana, there’s a push to bridge that gap by attracting more women to the field, starting with girls in high school. “If you’re wondering, you know, what career field can I go into and have job security, cybersecurity is a great field to go into,” said Andy Hanks, the state’s chief security officer. This is the first year Montana is participating in Girls Go CyberStart, according to Hanks.

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