Security 101: How Businesses and Schools Bridge the Talent Gap

Some institutions aim to offer real-life experience through competition. New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, for example, annually hosts a student-run cybersecurity competition dubbed CSAW. This year, its 15th running, saw 3,500 teams from more than 100 countries complete challenges designed by New York City’s top ethical hackers. “You cannot really teach about security by lecturing in a classroom,” says Nasir Memon, professor in the department of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon. “You have to understand how attackers work.”