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Richard Driggers: Cyber Workforce Shortage a National Security Issue

Richard Driggers
Richard Driggers

Richard Driggers, a cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security, said the challenge facing the U.S. government when it comes to hiring cybersecurity professionals is a “national security issue,” The Hill reported Tuesday.

“We have a major deficit across the nation with regards to our cybersecurity workforce, and we need to figure out how we can build and sustain a cybersecurity workforce as a national asset for America,” he said Tuesday at CyberCon event.

Driggers, who serves as deputy assistant director for cybersecurity at DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said he believes having a “steady stream of qualified cybersecurity professionals” is a “national imperative” amid evolving cyber threats.

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