Cameron McCawley is excited about studying cybersecurity because of the challenge it provides.
“It’s really rewarding,” McCawley, a student at Oregon State University and president of the OSU Security Club, told OPB’s Think Out Loud Thursday. “It’s like solving a mini brain teaser or puzzle, so when you finally solve it, or you finally find that vulnerability and you’re able to exploit it, there’s that big dopamine rush.”
But the impacts of poor cybersecurity aren’t fun. The growing dominance of virtual commerce and communication has made cybersecurity a big priority for businesses, consumers and government agencies around the world. Local governments in Oregon have asked for more protection against cybersecurity attacks. Last year, the city of Portland reported it lost $1.4 million in a cybersecurity breach.
Adequate protection requires a workforce trained to fill those gaps in security. But according to Oregon State, there’s an unmet need for thousands of