Friday, June 21, 2013

The Critical Need for Liberal Arts in Security

"As we strive to create a more civil public discourse, a more adaptable and creative workforce, and a more secure nation, the humanities and social sciences are at the heart of the matter, the keeper of the republic - a source of national memory and civic vigor, cultural understanding and communication, individual fulfillment and the ideals we hold in common."

Security professionals often state that security is an art, not a science. This field demands a certain degree of finesse, elegance, imagination, creativity, and a find-grained understanding of technology. We characterize the act of securing assets and information as finding the right balance between people, process, and technology, the security triumvirate. Yet, look at any job posting in security over the past 15 years (about the duration of time that I've worked in the field), and you find this:

Education: Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or any comparable field.