Finally, here’s one last thought to help motivate students to learn about digital security, cumbersome as it can sometimes be: It’s one more skill to add to a resume. During a panel discussion on encryption basics one evening last month at Columbia, McGregor threw in this enticing aside: “I’m guessing that if you want to work for Glenn Greenwald’s new $250 million news outlet, probably knowing this stuff is going to be valuable.”


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Lauren Kirchner is a freelance writer covering digital security for CJR. Find her on Twitter at @lkirchner