Some security experts, like Megan Bradley, vice president of operations at application security provider nVisium, think security teams could consider overlooking a college degree requirement in favor of those who take cybersecurity courses including Udacity’s that provide hands-on experience.

“I can’t speak for the entire industry, but we would certainly consider a candidate who participates in an immersive, hands-on cybersecurity program, with or without a college degree,” she says, adding that college curriculum tends to be “antiquated” anyway, teaching older technologies and cyber security practices.

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