The most senior military cyber warfighters have defined the challenge of building a world-class cybersecurity workforce: We have great performers but not enough. Our accessions can barely keep pace with attrition; but we are scheduled to grow. We need a viable plan to increase capacity.
During a panel session at the Cyber Education, Research and Training Symposium (CERTS) in Augusta, Georgia, cybersecurity leaders discussed how to build the people who can protect the nation against the tens of thousands of very high-end professionals that Russia and China are putting out.
Their success stories served as case studies for how the cybersecurity community can move forward in attaining such talent.
Col. Eric Toler, USA (Ret.), the inaugural executive director of the Georgia Cyber Center, shared his latest successes since the center opened a year and a half ago.
“We’ve created an ecosystem of government, academia and private industry where it’s kind of like having a CERTS event every day at the center,” said the colonel.