US Cyber Command needs more offensive specialists
Sailors assigned to Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command monitor U.S. Navy information systems and computer networks in this August file photo.
Which is more important: Cyber defense or cyber offense?
A recent revelation from the defense authorization bill for fiscal 2013 shows a realignment of personnel is needed because offensive missions from the U.S. Cyber Command are understaffed, according to a recent story from Defense News.
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) is quoted in the story as saying that the U.S. has about 1,000 top tier cyberspace employees but in actuality needs 20,000 or 30,000 people working those jobs.
A spokesman for Cyber Command noted that another challenge or delay in the process of adding new talent is the rigorous 18-month training program required for any new hire.
According to the story, some experts are skeptical that defensive staffers could easily move into attack-oriented positions. While cyber defenders look for anomalies and track down evidence from intruders, offensive players are deemed more creative in their craft.
Despite the concern over cyber war staffing, a recent South Korean expert said the U.S. is still No. 1 in electronic warfare capabilities, with Russia and North Korea two and three, respectively.
Source: Defense News