Desperately seeking cyber skills

Desperately seeking cyber skills
Desperately seeking cyber skills

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By Michael Hardy
July 31, 2009

These days, not all new recruits to national defense need to drop and do 
a hundred one-armed push-ups on the command of some sadistic drill 
sergeant. Computer security is as important to protecting the country as 
physical security, and Uncle Sam wants you even if you=E2=80=99re spindly and 
asthmatic =E2=80=94 that is, if you have the cyber skills.

The U.S. Cyber Challenge is one of the key recruiting efforts for the 
next generation of cybersecurity leaders. Led by the Center for 
Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank, the 
competition seeks to find 10,000 young Americans with the skills to be 
cybersecurity practitioners, researchers, guardians and cyber warriors. 
Participants will get training, recognition and a chance to win 

The Defense Department=E2=80=99s Cyber Crime Center, the Air Force Association 
and the SANS Institute are all involved with the challenge, which is 
aimed primarily at high school students.

Experts say there is an urgent need to expand the federal cybersecurity 
workforce. The Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton 
recently released a report that states that the government will be 
unable to combat cyber threats without =E2=80=9Ca more coordinated, sustained 
effort to increase cybersecurity expertise in the federal workforce.=E2=80=9D 
The report adds that the =E2=80=9Cpipeline of potential new talent is 


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