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Millennials uninterested in cyber-careers, oblivious to hacking

Those 800,000 IT experts Europe will be missing by 2020 won't be that easy to find, as the new study suggests that Millennials are not really crazy about a career in cyber-security.

These are the results of the annual study of millennials entitled Securing Our Future: Closing The Cyber Talent Gap. According to the study, young adults are not really interested in cybersecurity, but what's even worse – the number of young women in the US interested in a cyber-career is five times smaller.

Mike Daly, Cyber chief technology officer (CTO) at Raytheon, told (opens in new tab) it is a cultural thing:

“It seems it has to do a bit with culture. When asked whether they had been made aware of cyber opportunities [by educators and other adults], 47 per cent of men said they had been made aware and only 33 per cent of women said they had.”

“Cyber more than any other industry is dependent on diversity to find solutions,” said Daly. “Without diversity you can't possibly find solutions for all the different people and the ways they use and store data.”

If you thought it couldn’t possibly get worse – you were wrong. These young adults haven’t heard of a single cyber-attack in the last year. They haven’t heard of the TalkTalk event, the Anthem breach or even the American Airlines assault.

“One the things that jumped out was that 67 percent of young adults haven't heard any cyber attacks in the last year,” said Daly.

The report was conducted by Zogby Analytics and has surveyed approximately 4,000 adults aged 18.26, in four global regions.

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.