Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Creating the New Cybersecurity Pro; Interview with Cornell Computer Science Professor Fred Schneider

Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University Fred Schneider believes the future of the IT profession is handicapped by a shortage of academics to provide the training for needed IT security skills.

In an interview with, Schneider contends that to produce not only the teachers, but the practitioners themselves, American universities need to create innovative graduate-level programs that provide training that encompasses not only an understanding of IT security technologies, but an understanding of why the technology is needed as well.

Schneider, also a member of the federal government's Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board and co-chair of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board, says
"In the longer term, when you make cybersecurity technology decisions, you want to make it within the context of things like knowing its effect on privacy, knowing whether the economics of the situation support the kinds of changes you are making and understanding about business models."

See full story and interview transcriptin