Cybersecurity Education Consortium

Cybersecurity Education Consortium

The demand for cybersecurity is growing rapidly, leaving the industry with a shortage of qualified talent. There are currently more than 200,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs, with an estimate of up to 1 million cybersecurity vacancies by the year 2020. ASU’s Cybersecurity Education Consortium (CEC) was established to address this growing talent gap. 

The mission of the CEC is to engage and partner with today’s security community to create tomorrow’s cyber workforce.

The CEC is built on four key operational tenets:

  • Take a competencies-based approach to education, helping ensure that all of ASU’s cyber graduates are appropriately grounded in security fundamentals. 
  • Create strong business partnerships to help ensure that our graduates remain relevant and provide immediate value to potential employers.
  • Provide thought leadership to the cyber talent development challenge by taking innovative approaches to the problem. This includes the creation of cyber education events for K-12 students.
  • Remain embedded within the community, edifying and providing value to the existing cybersecurity workforce. This includes the development of online training courses and other educational opportunities for cyber professionals.


Cybersecurity at ASU

The CEC is one facet of ASU’s cybersecurity efforts. The CEC is a proud partner of ASU’s Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics, the Global Security Initiative, and the Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

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