Preparing the Pipeline: The U.S. Cyber Workforce for the Future   [open pdf - 438KB]

"In 2008, the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative listed 'expanded cyber education' as one of its key recommendations. In 2009, the Partnership for Public Service produced a report stating that the current pipeline of cybersecurity workers into the government was inadequate. In the same year, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stated that the military was 'desperately short of people who have the capabilities [to operate in cyberspace].' And in 2011, the Inspector General of the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that 35 percent of the special agents investigating national security cyber-intrusion cases lacked necessary training and technical skills. Nonetheless, the U.S. Government and private sector still seek to increase their online operations and dependency in spite of these shortcomings. An expert at the Atlantic Council of the United States sums up this problem: 'cyber workforce management efforts resemble a Ferris wheel: the wheel turns on and on . . . we move, but around and around, never forward.' This paper addresses methods to close the gaps between demand and the current existing capabilities and capacity in the U.S. cyber workforce. A large number of professionals--with not only technical skills, but also an understanding of cyber policy, law, and other disciplines--will be needed to ensure the continued success of the U.S. economy, government, and society in the 21st-century information age. Innovative methods have been developed by the government, think tanks, and private sector for closing these gaps, but more needs to be done. This paper is part of a larger discussion about the future of the U.S. cyber workforce and existing and new concepts that must be expanded to ensure continued success."

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Defense Horizons No. 72; DH No. 72
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