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'Security Mom' talks about role of cyber in government agencies

Kacy Zurkus | May 11, 2016
Former assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, says the government needs more skilled cyber security practitioners

Whether the task is on protecting today's government agencies or planning for how the government will deal with future cyber security risks, there is a need for skilled practitioners.

"We need people with talent and an understanding of how these networks work. The problem is that these same skills are getting a lot more money to go to Silicon Valley or New York or anywhere else in the private sector," said Kayyem.

While the good news for those who are looking to enter into cyber security is that the government is--like many enterprises--desperate for  people with these capabilities, "The bad news," said Kayyem, "is they are really hard to on board."

Fortunately, we also have people like Kayyem who are willing to make sacrifices in order to commit to a life of public service. Cyber security is a path for those who want to work in government. The future of our national security in the realm of cyber and information security depends on professionals who are willing to and able to make that commitment.

Source: CSO 


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