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Pentagon to add thousands of new cybersecurity jobs

Jaikumar Vijayan | Jan. 30, 2013
The Pentagon is planning to expand its cyber security force nearly five fold over the next several years in a bid to bolster its defensive and offensive computer capabilities.

He pointed to a recently launched program called Cyber Corps Challenge by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as an example of the kind of approach the DoD needs to take to find talent. Under the program, the state invited veterans of the U.S armed services and others to take part in a competition for spots in a community college-based cyber security program and six month residencies at banks, the FBI and other organizations.

"China has been running competitions and training programs that work well in every ... district since at least 2003," Paller said. "Russia set up its first advanced school in 1994. We are way behind in quantity and quality."

 

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