Survey: Emirati youth express keenness for careers in cybersecurity
According to the poll, 67% of Emirati respondents have expressed interest in a career in cybersecurity
A survey commissioned by Raytheon, Forcepoint and the U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), has found that a sizeable number of Emirati youth have expressed interest in seeking a career in cybersecurity.
Titled Securing Our Future: Cybersecurity and the Millennial Workforce, the report was compiled from responses of 3,359 young adults, aged 18 to 26, from nine countries across four continents. It was conducted independently by research firm Zogby Analytics.
When taking a closer look at the UAE, the report noted that 67% of Emiratis surveyed admitted that they are more likely than a year ago to consider a job in cybersecurity. At the regional level 48% of respondents indicated similarly, while 39% reported the same globally.
Additionally, 64% of Emirati admitted to participating in or seeking out cybersecurity job fairs, and another 60% have participated in or seeking mentoring programs in the field.
Shahzad Zafar, Cybersecurity director, Raytheon International Inc., said: "The UAE has long recognised the importance of equipping young Emiratis with the tools and skills to keep up with modern day opportunities and challenges.
"The survey demonstrates the enhanced efforts the UAE has put in place to build the next generation of cyber defenders and safeguard its cyber future."
Commenting on the survey results, Dr. Tod Laursen, interim president of Khalifa University of Science and Technology commented: "We highly value cybersecurity as a subject to prepare young people to navigate through today's environment of threats and capitalize on opportunities in the field by providing a solid cyber-related curriculum.
He added: "The results of Raytheon's survey underline the progress being made and we are confident that we will see more and more young Emiratis pursue promising careers in cybersecurity."
To date, Khalifa University of Science & Technology has offered Raytheon-led cyber skills workshops and thought leadership lectures as part of the Raytheon's global Cyber Academy.