Latest Installment of Norman AS Video Series Highlights Cyber Security Education Gap


Latest Installment of Norman AS Video Series Highlights Cyber Security Education Gap

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, the global leader in threat discovery, malware forensics and analysis, and industrial control system (ICS) protection solutions, released a new episode of its video series, ” Managing Partner of Applied Control Solutions, Joe Weiss, explains the deficiency of ICS security experts with the structure of university curriculums in the installment entitled

Because universities typically teach cyber security in computer science programs, but cover control system theory in engineering departments, few students graduate with a deep understanding of both disciplines. Weiss proposes a blended curriculum that introduces the principles of critical infrastructure protection into engineering education. This will prepare future leaders to protect the nation from the most severe electronic threats.

In the meantime, Weiss encourages today’s ICS operational teams to add network security to their skill sets, rather than bringing in external specialists without a deep understanding of security’s application to critical infrastructure systems.

“Hacking a control system is not difficult, but protecting it is rocket science,” Weiss said, citing examples from his book, , which notes this vital requirement of security education to defend a system without harming performance.

“Weiss leaves viewers to ponder an important question. How can we incentivize the people who know these systems to get more involved in security?” said video series host and Norman AS General Manager, North America, Darin Andersen. “I join Weiss in calling on university engineering department faculties to incite an early interest ICS security. Whether it takes curriculum reorganization or a more creative approach, I urge professors to introduce this exciting career opportunity vital to national defense.”

This full episode is available Norman’s YouTube channel .

Founded in Norway in 1984, Norman is a global leader and pioneer in proactive content security solutions and forensics malware tools. Norman’s proactive antimalware solutions, including malware analysis tools, network security and endpoint protection, are powered by patented Norman SandBox technology and used by security solutions providers around the world.

Norman’s unified core antimalware protection for clients, servers and network security are delivered as products and services designed to protect industrial control systems; and business communications and resources, including corporate and government networks and applications, remote employees, branch offices and extranets. Norman’s solutions are available through Norman subsidiaries and a network of global partners.