Assessment of Dutch cybersecurity higher education

February 28, 2019

In order to gain more insight into the increasing shortage on the labor market of cybersecurity specialists and the shortage of cyber security teachers, dcypher has carried out an inventory of cyber security programs in higher education in 2018. The short-term goal is to identify and describe recognized programs with a focus on cybersecurity. The goal for the longer term is to formulate recommendations based on a difference analysis of the demand for well-trained experts and the provision of cybersecurity training.

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Twenty cyber security programs are offered by eighteen educational institutions. Fifteen of these are full-time (five master's, ten bachelor's) and five part-time (three master's, two bachelor's). Thirteen degree programs are focused on Technology, one course focuses primarily on Organization and one course focuses on People and Behavior. Five courses offer a mix of Technology, People and Behavior and / or Organization.

In 2018 almost 400 students have completed their cybersecurity program with a diploma (165 master, 229 bachelor). Most of them (307 students) followed a technical cybersecurity course (130 master, 177 bachelor).

Nine courses indicate that finding good teachers is not easy. Reactions vary from 'somewhat difficult' to 'very difficult' / 'extremely complicated'. The expertise that is being sought is 'real IT'er with knowledge and experience on network / pentesting / security-plane and ethical hacking'. Only five trainers indicated that they had no problems finding teachers.

The assessment is available in Dutch only


Photo made during NCS3 2018 by Sjoerd van der Hucht