Cybersecurity Education:Availability & Access in Public High Schools
The United States has over 572,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs*. The cybersecurity workforce deficit provides an opportunity for high-wage jobs for Americans, which if filled will bolster efforts to protect America’s national and economic security. Securing the cybersecurity workforce starts with ensuring that cybersecurity education and career pathways are available and accessible to students.
Findings are based on a sample of 47% of Public High Schools in the United States, resulting in a 99.99% confidence level. Using purposive sampling, data were collected from: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia. Findings are also reported by state.
Availability of cybersecurity courses and pathways in U.S. Public High Schools.
Number of students who have access to cybersecurity in U.S. Public High Schools.
~57% of US Public High schools have computing courses that are a prerequisite/gateway to cybersecurity.Given competition for resources (i.e., teachers, classrooms and graduation requirements), at most ~44% of high school students in the US have access to gateway computing courses.
~15% of US Public High Schools have cybersecurity courses.And nearly half of those have only a single course.The result is that ~3.6% of high school students in the US have access to cybersecurity courses.
Pathways are even more limited.~7.5% of US Public High Schools have enough gateway and cybersecurity courses to make a pathway.The proportion of schools with an actual pathway is less than ~7.5%.
Catalyze Around a National Set of K-12 Cybersecurity Educational Guidelines/
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State Summary Reports
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DARK Enterprises, Inc. is a small, women-led non-profit dedicated to developing, supporting, and stewarding excellent cybersecurity education at the secondary level. Our mission is to nurture a sustainable cybersecurity education ecosystem by providing resources, training, and support to secondary school educators teaching cybersecurity.
Collaboration with the National Cryptologic Foundation CAE-C: H98230-20-1-0292 Subaward: SA20137; the University of Alabama - Huntsville, and Moraine Valley Community College, Illinois.Murray State University provided support for CyberSuppy Kentucky, The Center for the Future of Arizona provided support for Arizona.