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Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon: Retention of Army Cyber Professionals Should Be a Top Priority

Edward Cardon
Edward Cardon

Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, head of the U.S. Army Cyber Command and the 2nd Army, has said that the service branch should prioritize the recruitment and retention of cyber operators, the Army News Service reported Thursday.

David Vergun writes Cardon issued the statement at the Joint Service Academy Cyber Security Summit hosted by Palo Alto Networks and the Army Cyber Institute at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

He told summit attendees that autonomy, mastery and purpose are the three factors that motivate cyber professionals to stay in the service branch.

“When you get the purpose aligned, it’s magnificent,” Cardon said.

“They want to be known for what they’re doing, it’s not just about money.”

Cardon said a newly established cyber branch within the Army is working on a plan that would permit cyber professionals to retain their clearances should they decide to leave the military branch and be called up again to provide assistance on cyber-related problems.

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