Champlain College Online Survey Finds Cybersecurity Events Prompted a Majority of Adults to Take Protective Action, Nearly 30% Would Consider Cyber Career

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BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Champlain College Online today announced findings from its survey, Adult Viewpoints 2021: The Cybersecurity Skills Gap and Barriers to Entry, which found that nearly 80% of American adults took action to protect themselves following recent cyber events and close to 30% of non-cyber workers were willing to consider a cyber career.

The study highlighted an increased interest in cybersecurity and cybersecurity education, but it also brought to light barriers preventing potential cyber professionals from launching careers in the in-demand space that's ripe with job opportunities. The study revealed three distinct barriers — high expectations of prior training, lack of diversity and inclusion, and toxic work environments. Of non-cyber respondents, 54% feel that high expectations for past training or experience impede them from entering the cybersecurity space. Of the respondents who showed interest in a cyber career, 56% said employer-sponsored training and education would motivate them to pursue the path.

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