The demand for cybersecurity professionals is rising globally, as cyberattacks are increasing in scale
and severity. Despite the surge in job opportunities and high wages, according to the Aspen Digital Tech Policy hub’s latest report, underrepresented groups such as Black (9%) and Hispanic (4%) make up an increasingly low percentage of the industry.
A 2019 Deloitte survey revealed that only 9% of millennials stated that they were interested in
pursuing a cybersecurity career at some point in their lives. This was attributed to a lack of
awareness of the options in the cybersecurity field and limited access to cybersecurity curricula.
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