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2. Developing a cyber workforce

In January, reports surfaced that Cyber Command will increase personnel from 900 to 4,900. While this is an important capacity-building step, it also presents two challenges:

First, Hagel must specify the roles and responsibilities for these new positions. Only then can the Defense department understand the skill-sets required and identify the individuals needed to achieve its objectives.

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After that, the department can focus on attracting and retaining talent. This entails more than just competitive salaries and benefits. It means continuing to bridge a cultural divide – bringing in creative, tech-savvy individuals that generally are not attracted to a hierarchical military environment.

It also means striking the right balance in attracting the country’s top technical experts – some of whom may have criminal background complications stemming from previous hacking convictions – while ensuring individuals in sensitive positions do not pose a security threat.

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