This seems to be a reoccurring story – science and engineering education as a lacking component in the U.S. innovation ecosystem. This is not a universal failure. There are outstanding school systems and STEM programs in this country, but I would argue that educational consistency and student motivation are significant factors in the decline this article discusses.
I love the balancing act that innovation versus risk compliance represents, especially in a vertical like financial services. There are so many great ideas that must be tempered and hardened in an insecure world. I also love that IT Security is beginning to recognize this problem and move the conversation forward. I worked hard when managing a security team to move our stock answer from “no” to a firm “yes, but…”. Be willing to compromise as long as integrity can be maintained.