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Our team set out to get us aligned around a central framework that mapped directly to the typical steps in a cyberattack chain, and what we ended up with was a completely open, not custom approach to protecting against cyberattacks that anyone can use. Larry Wilson Chief Information Security Officer for the UMASS President’s Office UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS The Growing Demand for Cybersecurity Professionals Cybersecurity and privacy are critical issues in our information-driven and knowledge-based economy. As a nation, we are failing to develop the workforce that we need today to protect our institutions, our governments and our corporations against advanced cyberattacks. The numbers of security professionals have not kept up with the demand, leaving a gap in fundamental skills to build adequate safeguards into our nation’s critical infrastructure. the work of research universities nationwide. For more information on the cybersecurity task force initiatives, please visit the following URL: https://www.umassp.edu/cybersecurity Network (MCIEN) to provide internship and job opportunities for students across the system. Initiatives that Support the Plan Consistent with the cybersecurity task force The task force recommendations focused on recommendations, the university has made academic instruction and industry / govern- significant progress in establishing academic The University of Massachusetts and region, as well as what it would take to ment partnerships at a variety of levels: CISSP programs, student pathways and industry Cybersecurity Task Force move forward, and to make recommendations (Certified Information Systems Security Profes- relationships. Some of the recent initiatives on next steps in this direction. The task force sional) type certificate programs, 2+2 commu- are outlined below: published specific recommendations intended nity college transfer programs, undergraduate to launch a leadership role for the university / graduate degree programs along lines defined to help address the cybersecurity needs of the by the NSA and DHS, and the creation of a Mas- Commonwealth and contribute significantly to sachusetts Cybersecurity Industry-Education In 2014, the University of Massachusetts formed a cybersecurity task force to assess the university’s academic capabilities in the area of cybersecurity, to understand how the university is positioned within the Commonwealth 16 | CURRENT 2015-2016 • In December, 2014, the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) announced the creation of the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Stronger Together | 17