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Robert Rodriguez: Pay Gap Drives Federal Cyber Pros to Private Sector

CyberStockRobert Rodriguez, founder of the Security Innovation Network, believes the salary gap between the public and private sectors could prompt more government cyber experts to take positions in industry, Defense News reported Thursday.

“I have people from the Pentagon, more people from the government, wanting to call me, meet with me, talk about the transition from the public to the private sector,” Rodriguez said, according to the report.

“To me, if you have a government person who goes to a startup, that’s a win-win because that government person understands the challenge and the processes better than someone strictly from industry.”

Rodriguez believes that government organizations must be willing to take risks and embrace change in order to resolve technical challenges.

He worked at the U.S. Secret Service for two decades and then founded SINET to work with public and private organizations to accelerate cybersecurity partnerships.

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