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How Important is Cybersecurity?

Sonya Krakoff

In a world that increasingly reliant on technology in virtually every segment of life, cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly significant field. Leaders across all sectors are struggling to overcome the growing skills gap, which is preventing them from filling mission-critical roles with qualified professionals with necessary cybersecurity education and training.

So how important is cybersecurity, really? And how do those outside the field perceive it? We conducted a survey of over 1,000 Americans to find out. Here are some of our biggest findings.


How is Cybersecurity Perceived?

88% of Respondents Are Concerned About Cyber Threats

The vast majority of respondents - 88% - are "very" or "somewhat" concerned about cybersecurity threats, such as hacking, data breaches, and phishing, impacting them personally. The older respondents were, the more likely they were to have these concerns.

68% of Respondents Are Confident That Higher Education Institutions Can Play a Role in Cyber

Over ⅔ of respondents have confidence in the ability of higher education institutions to create solutions that address cybersecurity threats and issues in the United States.

90% of Respondents Believe that Colleges Should Offer Basic Cyber Education to Everyone

Respondents felt that colleges and universities could address cyber issues in a variety of ways, including creating more cybersecurity degree programs, and ensuring that all college students - regardless of major - receive a basic cybersecurity education.

72% of Respondents Would Go Back to School for Cyber if Their Employer Paid

While 41% of individuals would consider going back to school to earn a credential that would allow them to pursue a career in cybersecurity, that number jumps to 72% when asked if they'd consider it if their employer helped them to pay for their education.

85% of Respondents Think More Should Be Done to Encourage Women in the Field

When told that only 10% of the cybersecurity workforce is made up of women, 85% of people surveyed said that more should be done to encourage women to enter the cybersecurity field.

About the Author

Sonya Krakoff

Senior Content Marketing Specialist

Sonya Krakoff is the Senior Content Marketing Specialist at Champlain College Online, where she is the voice behind the CCO blog and helps tell the school's story across multiple digital platforms. Sonya has extensive experience in writing, content marketing, and editing for mission-driven businesses and non-profit organizations, and holds a bachelor's degree in English (with a focus on creative writing) from St. Lawrence University.

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