”Sweden needs a university degree in cyber security”
An investment in training 70,000 IT people in cyber-technical excellence would cost about 5 billion annually - far below what it costs the business community to deal with cyber attacks, writes Niklas Anderson.
In Sweden, there is a high level of technical know-how, but not in the necessary quantity to meet the need. In many occupational groups as necessary special competencies, there is a wide range of University and College educations and coherent programs for continuing education. In the area of cyber security, these training opportunities are lacking. There are plenty of courses in individual areas, but no broad program that can provide Swedish companies and organizations with the skills required to lead the complex change processes required for the area.
There are calculations that show that cyber attacks cost Swedish companies 22 billion annually. An average education place at universities and colleges costs approximately SEK 75,000 per year. This means that an investment in educating 70,000 people in cyber-technical excellence would cost around SEK 5 billion annually. That is, far below what it costs the business community to deal with cyber attacks today.
There is therefore an opportunity for the public sector to collaborate with the business community to strengthen the cyber defense in order to develop a certification to create standardized education.