The U.S. Department of Commerce reports the demand for cybersecurity professionals is accelerating, with more jobs open than skilled workers trained to fill them. The need is urgent: Research projects cybercrime will cost businesses more than $2 trillion globally by 2019.
"It is estimated that a security flaw occurs in every 100 lines of code written," says Dr. Wu-chang Feng, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Feng's students are training inside the Google Cloud to prepare for careers in cybersecurity. He introduced Google Cloud into his courses in 2015 after attending a Google Faculty Institute.
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Dr. Feng is designing an innovative, open-source curriculum, using Google Cloud tools to teach students emerging techniques "that will revolutionize how software is being tested and validated." He also uses Google Cloud tools in his web development and cloud systems courses, challenging students to grapple with real-world computer security issues by developing their problem-solving skills inside the cloud.