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Well, Here We Are...Where Now?

Eighteen years ago, Protecting Information: The Role of Community Colleges in Cybersecurity Education painted an accurate picture of the very challenging situation the nation faced regarding the need to expand the knowledge and skills of the technical workforce in basic—and more advanced—aspects of computer security. That report articulated a place for community colleges in providing “technical education about cybersecurity issues…for employment in a wide range of fields.” Arguing—convincingly—that community colleges are well suited for educating information technology professionals in cybersecurity in an agile, need-based fashion, and that their ties with business and industry give them a unique position in the overall cybersecurity education effort, the community colleges laid out an ambitious set of program recommendations aimed at helping address the shortage of qualified cybersecurity practitioners the nation and world need. No doubt, the program adjustments resulting from these recommendations have made an important contribution.

But, let’s be honest. If you miss the date on that report and its contemporaneous references, your first impression might be that it was written last year…or last month. The challenge of developing the cybersecurity workforce remains, the scarcity of qualified applicants for cybersecurity positions in companies across critical (and non-critical) infrastructure persists, the need for already employed practitioners to hone their skills every year has in no way abated. And, dismayingly, the threat actors just keep getting better and better. What can we do?

Murray Kenyon has been involved with cybersecurity education in both government and industry. In government, his executive leadership responsibilities included overseeing the Centers of Academic Excellence Program Office, and he served as Security Education Academic Liaison for a regional university. In industry, he worried about the talent shortage as cybersecurity lead for a major trade association, established and led the cybersecurity workforce development program for a large bank, led industry representatives in engaging higher education leadership at the CAE Executive Leadership Forum, and now focuses on cybersecurity partnerships across the non-profit spectrum. Leveraging this background, Murray will share his thoughts on how the community colleges can continue to expand the value they provide in the ongoing fight to secure critical information and infrastructure across the “good guy“ space.

Murray KenyonMurray Kenyon

Vice President, Cybersecurity Partnership Executive Information Security Services
US Bank

Murray W. Kenyon is Cybersecurity Partnership Executive in Information Security Services at U.S. Bank, where he fosters partnerships with Government, Trade Associations, Information Sharing and Analysis Centers, Educational Institutions, and other Non-Profits focused on Cybersecurity in the nation’s critical infrastructure. Murray is a seasoned leader of national-level cybersecurity initiatives, with 35+ years of experience—in both the Federal Government and Private Sector—in cybersecurity, geo-political analysis, intelligence operations, information sharing, and critical infrastructure protection.

Prior to joining U.S. Bank, Murray was Senior Vice President for Technology Risk Management, leading the Cybersecurity Program at the Financial Services Roundtable (now the Bank Policy Institute). Before entering the Private Sector, Murray spent 33 years in analytic, staff, leadership, and executive positions at the National Security Agency (NSA), including as the Senior Executive Account Manager for the Financial Sector. Murray received his Bachelor of Arts from Asbury University, and earned Master of Science degrees from the Joint Military Intelligence College and the National War College. He serves on the National Visiting Committee for the National Cybersecurity Training and Education Center (NCyTE), and on the Advisory Boards for Cybersecurity education at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, the University of West Florida’s Center for Cyber Security, and Carroll County (Maryland) Community College.