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Adm. Michael Rogers: Cyber Talent Remains Key Challenge to DoD

Adm. Michael Rogers
Adm. Michael Rogers

U.S. Navy Adm. Michael Rogers has identified talent and motivation as two key elements in the Defense Department’s effort to bolster the nation’s cyber infrastructure, DoD News reported Tuesday.

Rogers told a CyberMaryland 2016 session that human-related factors continues to challenge DoD’s cyber defense initiatives and attracting what he described as “a motivated and focused workforce with specialized training” remains “the greatest defensive strategy,” Amaani Lyle reports.

The head of U.S. Cyber Command, the National Security Agency and Central Security Service said NSA and Cybercom already have expanded their recruitment efforts to the private sector, academic world and internships, according to the report.

“Cyber is foundational to the future and everyone must have some baseline well of knowledge,” Rogers told the event.

He said the government’s cyber investments have gone past NSA to include a cyber curriculum that has become a mandatory component of many education and workforce development programs, the report says.

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