This is the 75th episode of the Shared Security Podcast sponsored by Security Perspectives – Your Source for Tailored Security Awareness Training and Assessment Solutions, Silent Pocket and CISOBox. This episode was hosted by Tom Eston and Scott Wright with special guests Gotham Sharma and Dr. Brian Krupp recorded April 16, 2018.
The Cybersecurity Education Episode
In this episode we’re joined by two cybersecurity educators for their perspective on the current state of education in the cybersecurity industry. This is a really important topic given the current cybersecurity skills shortage where its becoming more difficult to find qualified and skilled individuals to fill cybersecurity jobs.
Gotham Sharma serves as the Managing Director of the Exeltek Consulting Group, where he manages daily operations of the New York City based cybersecurity advisory firm. Previously a Wall Street consultant for Global Technology Operations at various Fortune 500 Organizations, Gotham left financial services to consult for the nonprofit world, where he focused on youth development and STEM education. In particular, his work centered around designing Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs for traditionally disconnected young adults. You can contact Gotham via his LinkedIn page.
Dr. Brian Krupp is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at Baldwin Wallace University. He is the faculty advisor of the Mobile Privacy and Security (MOPS) research group where their current research is investigating methods to increase consumer awareness of privacy issues in smartphone and tablet applications. He is also the faculty advisor of CS+ which provides computer science opportunities for elementary to high school students through Tech Camps, school visits, and partnerships in the NEO region. You can contact Dr. Krupp via his Twitter or find out more about the classes he teaches and his work with students via his Baldwin Wallace University home page.
On this podcast we discuss if there really is a shortage of cybersecurity talent and what programs are available for young kids as well as teenagers and college students that may be interested in a cybersecurity career. We also discuss the importance of mentorship, being a good mentor as well as the need for more women, minorities and diversity in the cybersecurity industry.
Thanks to Gotham and Dr. Krupp for being guests on our show!