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Following the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of workforce domains in higher education saw significant shifts in focus, reductions in staff size, and structural reorganizations. Now, several years out from the onset of the pandemic, we are taking a look at the current state of affairs, gauging whether the higher education workforce has continued to shift, shrink, or reorganize, in addition to exploring other timely and relevant workforce issues.
The data in this report are taken from a survey of cybersecurity and privacy professionals in higher education, conducted in July 2023, representing 350 respondents from different position levels at their institution.
This report is the first in a series examining specific workforce domains (cybersecurity and privacy, teaching and learning, and IT) in higher education. Explore our other Workforce Reports when they become available in early 2024.
Responsibilities often fall across multiple functional areas. Some of the areas that respondents identified included IT services and infrastructure, compliance, network infrastructure, enterprise services, system and data management, identity and access management, and administration.
Structure, Size, and Reporting Lines
The cybersecurity workforce is more robust than the privacy workforce.
Staffing and Budgets
Respondents called for improvements to salaries, budgets, and development opportunities.
Work Role Experiences
Compliance and regulations have seen the largest increase in time demands.
Competencies and Professional Development
Proficiency in particular competencies was somewhat similar among different position levels.
More Workforce Resources
This report is the first in a series examining specific workforce domains (cybersecurity and privacy, teaching and learning, and IT leadership) in higher education.
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