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DoD Battles to Train Enough Cyber Practitioners

By Tobias Naegele

December 20, 2016

A new report from the Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity calls for national workforce programs to train 100,000 cyber practitioners by 2020 and a national cybersecuirty apprenticeship program to train 50,000 more.

It’s the latest in a series of reports and recommendations pressing the federal government to combat the vast shortage of cyber talent in the public and private sectors.

But actually recruiting and training cyber experts remains a challenging, confusing and sometimes confounding problem. Just days before report’s release, a panel of experts drilled down on those challenges at the annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC).

“What we really should be thinking about with cyber is a pipeline,” said Diana Banks, deputy assistant secretary of defense for force education and training. “It is a trainable skill.”

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