Uncle Sam Wants You to Hack for the U.S. Government! [INFOGRAPHIC]
Cyber terrorism is a serious growing threat against the security of everyone who uses the web. Yet even powerful countries like the United States are struggling to build its cyber workforce to counter act this emerging threat. In 2010, the US only had 5% of the estimated 20,000 cybersecurity experts needed. With all the talented developers coming out of college, why the shortage? Well, most skilled “cyber warriors” as the US military refers to them, often get recruited by private industry (by tech giants like Facebook and Google).
So where will the next generation of hackers come from?
The average age of a hacker is 16-19 years old. Yet the educational system has been slow to accommodate this growing need with only 5% of high schools offering AP level computer science courses. So in turn, most teenage hackers (90% male) are self-taught. However, a few programs are being launched to help bridge this gap like Codehs, Code Academy and Sans Institute.
What’s in it for white hat hackers?
An estimated $49.1 billion will be spent on worldwide IT security services from 2011 to 2015, with the United States accounting for 40% of the spending. That’s why Uncle Sam wants you to hack for them, legally! The Department of Homeland Security is launching “a whole host of internships and fellowships for young people to get.” According to President Obama, “We’ll reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering and math – the skill’s today’s employers are looking for to fill jobs right now and the future.”
Entry level “ethical hackers” earn between $50,000 to $100,000 per year depending on experience.
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