Why the Military Is Losing the Battle for the Best, Brightest Cybersecurity Talent

The Daily Signal | 2/27/2019 | Staff
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What do GPS satellites, F-35s, and the new Department of Veterans Affairs health care records-management system have in common?

The latest Defense Department annual assessment of cyberthreats has found disturbing weaknesses in each of these systems.

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Furthermore, Robert Behler, director of the Defense Department’s Operational Test and Evaluation, claimed that the Pentagon’s cybertesting was crippled by a lack of expertise and required tools to assess software-intensive systems.

Something needs to be done to improve cybersecurity, and it all starts with attracting talented people to tackle complicated problems.

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However, both the Department of Defense and the private sector are scrambling for talent. By one estimate, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021.

Thanks to this high demand for cybersecurity professionals, combined with the low supply of qualified candidates, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to recruit individuals into the ranks of the government.

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The problem is aggravated when the private sector offers a plethora of jobs for individuals with this skill set. Those jobs tend to offer superior pay, a more casual work environment, and better opportunities for employees to hone their craft.

The Pentagon makes its search even more difficult because of its unwillingness to accept applicants who lack college degrees, regardless of their technical qualifications.

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The military will provide cybersecurity training and jobs for personnel who receive a qualifying score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test. But entry-level civilian cybersecurity jobs at the Department of Defense usually require a bachelor’s degree, despite the fact that many of the technical qualifications for these professionals can be achieved without ever stepping onto a college campus.

The current hiring model is simply not working.

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The Department of Defense’s unnecessary focus on traditional educational backgrounds only shrinks the already dwindling pool of potential workers even further.

The Department of Defense must recruit candidates who have nontraditional—yet professional—educational backgrounds to allow for...
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