To Be Great At Cybersecurity Be Mischievous
The attached article makes an interesting point about the types of individuals that may be good at cyber security. Not all are technical. As the industry itself has plenty of jobs the question still remains how to fill them? Also, what additional types of curriculum can colleges incorporate to train people to be successful. The example in the article about the 20 students being allowed to cheat if they didn’t get caught was intriguing. Being mischievous is a part of it. Wanting to take things apart, reverse engineer, improve the design, etc. are all the types of mental states you want when you are thinking about cyber security.
I solidified my career decision while working on a cyber crime squad in the FBI. Investigating how someone committed a crime, especially a cyber crime, opened up the delinquent in me that I didn’t know existed. Understanding how criminals commit crimes actually taught me how to be better at protecting against them.
So maybe adding criminal justice (and legal classes) to the cyber security curriculum is a way to go, to help students get a better understanding of how traditional crimes are committed and how that transfers into the cyber world. At the very least it will help them think in a different way.