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ENISA’s view on cyber skills trends


08:30 Monday, 13 December 2021

UK Cyber Security Council

ENISA - the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity - predicts the future trends for cybersecurity graduates in its report "Addressing the EU Cybersecurity Skills Shortage and Gap Through Higher Education".

In its news story announcing the release of the report, ENISA tells us that the number of cyber graduates is set to double within three years, but that it's "obvious" (their word) that the workforce hasn't expanded enough to keep up with demand - noting also that there's also a long way to go with regard to diversity and inclusion.

The 73-page report is wide-ranging. It shows the growth in the number of cyber programmes in EU education, the vast majority of which are Masters programmes, and interestingly demonstrates - perhaps surprisingly - that only 14% are delivered entirely online, with the majority classroom-only and about a third a combination of both. Over a quarter of programmes are cost-free, and it's no shock that computing and engineering disciplines make up about half of the course material. There also seems to be a nod toward keeping programmes real-world, with 75% of programmes including material taught by industry professionals.

Much of the content focuses on the approaches being taken by the individual EU member states - and for the Brits there's some feedback from the UK and the US that one can compare and contrast against the EU countries' responses to the researchers' enquiries.