Are Colleges Teaching Real-World Cyber Security Skills? (

SOC analysts must have a large amount of formal knowledge and the analytic abilities to derive actionable insights from the data collected by the company’s various security tools. Moreover, the analyst is expected to use human behavioral and business context to identify threats and make decisions about how to respond to keep the organization safe. However, most junior security staff enter the cybersecurity job market with only theoretical knowledge of what “security” is, lacking practical analytical methodologies, detection techniques and more advanced specialized skills. New graduates often lack the practical analysis and synthesis skills, which leaves them unprepared to face the challenges they will meet in the cybersecurity world.


The 2018 SANS survey states that “gamification of the SOC via simulations, exercises, training or any other form of targeted practice is becoming the standard operating procedure for providing a SOC skill set and an effective way of retaining skilled staff”. Institutions of higher education are starting to address the deep asymmetry between frontal instructionand practical exercises by incorporating a cyber range into their cybersecurity curricula.

I have 15 years of experience in information security. I think I would enjoy a cyber range course and learn something new.

In Finland, Kids Learn Computer Science Without Computers (The Atlantic)

The Finns are pretty bemused by Americans’ preoccupation with whether to put iPads in every classroom. If a tablet would enhance learning, great. If it wouldn’t, skip it. Move on. The whole thing is a little tilting-at-windmills, anyway.

Makes me wonder if the USA problem is one of politics and business. Are there forces aligned to privatize the US education system for financial gain?

Thanks to kOoLiNuS for the link.

I'm a professor and I've been watching this disturbing trend for many years now. One very important factor that this piece leaves out......Where do all of the tech execs in Silicon Valley send their own kids? To the technology-free Waldorf School. Parents and educators should take a moment to think about why the people designing and selling these tech "tools" don't let their own children be educated in this way. These tech execs also know that any educator that relies on technology must not know much about teaching, regardless of the flotsam being taught in graduate education departments.

The big question everyone should be asking here is this: Are we educating our kids to become citizens or consumers? Based on what has been happening in the education "industry" (and make no mistake, education is big business in this country), you and your children may receive a piece of paper after jumping through a series of (increasingly facile) hoops, but this does not mean that we have anything close to an educated citizenry. The difference? Consumers follow trends without questioning. Consumers are easily manipulated. Consumers get into debt by paying for things they don't need with money they don't have. As a result, consumers keep a dysfunctional economy (which only benefits the top 10% of society) churning, often at the expense of the overall health of a society. Citizens, on the other hand, do exactly the opposite.

Which society do you want your kids to live in?Elsie