Workforce Study: Community College Cybersecurity Alumni (Draft)
This study, conducted as a partnership between the National Cybersecurity Training and Education Center (NCyTE) and the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) and funded by the NSF, examines the type of cybersecurity jobs filled by community college graduates and how they align to the NICE frameworks job roles. This study, like many others, addresses the worldwide growing threat of cybercrime and the nation's shortage of cybersecurity professionals. What distinguishes this study from others is specifically focusing on the progress community college cybersecurity programs are making to overcome the worldwide shortage.
Community colleges are increasing the number of cybersecurity professionals that graduate from their programs each year. These alumni are finding employment in every sector of our economy. The cybersecurity workforce in the US is growing yet is currently not able to keep up with the national demand. Community colleges have a key role in meeting that demand.
Graduates from 12 of the nation’s top community college cybersecurity programs provide data through student interviews and self-identification of their current cybersecurity work roles. Doctoral candidates from Dakota State University interviewed the alumni and collected survey data. The results were analyzed and published by Dr. John Sands and Corrinne Sande. The study reveals the type of positions community college students are prepared for; highlights current trends; and identifies potential opportunities for community college graduates.