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Michael Gilmore: DoD Faces Cyber Workforce, Training Shortfall

Michael Gilmore
Michael Gilmore

Michael Gilmore, director of operational test and evaluation at the Defense Department, has said the military continues to face cyber vulnerabilities beyond current efforts to secure its systems, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.

Jared Serbu writes that Gilmore said in a January report to Congress the service branches do not adequately include realistic and up-to-date cyber threat scenarios in training.

The report indicated that DoD has a shortage of cyber professionals amid increased demand as some members of the cyber opposing forces or “red teams” move to the private sector, while cyber protection teams do not receive the needed training to counter red teams.

“This trend must be reversed if the DoD is to retain the ability to effectively train and assess DoD systems and service members against realistic cyber threats,” Gilmore wrote in the report.

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