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The State of Cybersecurity Education in K-12 Schools

Despite the critical need to build the cybersecurity workforce pipeline, investments in K-12 cyber education have been modest. In fact, according to new research conducted by CYBER.ORG. in tandem with the EdWeek Research Center, less than half of K-12 students in the U.S. are currently receiving some type of cybersecurity education, and access to those resources varies considerably. The study, “The State of Cybersecurity Education in K-12 Schools”, also revealed that students from higher socioeconomic backgrounds where schools are in close proximity to technology companies had the greatest access to cyber education, while students from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds were the least likely to have the option for cyber education. Additionally, educators say that most students are not well-informed about the educational and career requirements associated with cybersecurity jobs.

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