OK, so Uncle Sugar has shot hisself in the foot (this is my surprised face ...), but industry needs security guys (and gals). The money is good, and by the looks of things the problem will be around for decades. I've been writing about this for a while now. There's lots of good free training.Rigid hiring processes and low pay for specialized employees have kept the U.S. government from developing the type of cyber workforce it needs to keep up with growing attacks, according to an independent analysis.The Partnership for Public Service released a report on Tuesday saying the federal government has positioned itself poorly for recruiting cybersecurity personnel at a time when the nation as a whole is already facing a shortage.
One great thing about this field is that nobody cares about which college you went to (or even if you went) - there are industry certifications that carry much more weight. Young readers (or children of older readers) can get good paying jobs without a ton of student debt.