Dennis Hirsch and Keir Lamont have a nice analysis for IAPP of the need for cross-disciplinary training in cybersecurity. CSU is developing an interdisciplinary Cybersecurity MS program that implements this idea with required coursework from law, business and engineering. The initial program proposal is under review at the state.
The siloed data governance professions of today will not be able to meet organizations’ data risk management needs of tomorrow. Changes in the digital society and the laws that govern it will require solutions that draw simultaneously from the cybersecurity, privacy and information technology governance fields. The professionals best equipped to deliver these solutions will have hybridized skills and fluency across these various domains, though they may specialize in one or the other. These cyberprofessionals – “cyberpros,” for short – will be able to meet the needs of their organizations and of society at large far more effectively than those who remain limited to their respective silos. This report explains why this is so. It begins by describing why the members of the cybersecurity and privacy professions will perform better when they become more conversant with each other’s fields. It then turns to the information technology governance profession and explains why it needs to become more familiar with the cybersecurity and privacy professions, and they with it. It concludes that future of the data governance professions lies in cross-domain fluency and collaboration. We are entering the age of the cyberpro.