I agree. I would make the basic computer security as a part of the school curriculum. We teach children about penguins in Arctics, but not about what will be an essential part of their daily life (not that I am against penguins).
Certain penguins and computer security should be taught in the same class.
The economic downturn certainly won't kill open source. Like everyone else here has said, some people just don't do it for the money. If anything, I could see an economic downturn to boost open source. Supposedly more businesses are being turned on to the idea of open source, which is going to increase IT professionals' interest in it. In addition, we may see an increase in donations from businesses into open source projects.
Aside from all that, the article cites unemployment as a reason for the downturn. I could see these unemployed people spending more time on open source projects. Plus layoffs = unemployment = gov't paycheck.
When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.