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The cyber workforce is a precious strategic asset.

Cyber Workforce Development to Meet Today’s National Defense Challenges

January 2021, Number 10.04

“Famed German-born scientist Albert Einstein was once asked how, if he had one hour, he would go about saving the world. After a moment’s reflection, he said that he would take fifty-five minutes to define the problem, and the last five minutes to solve it.

We are now framing the problem of how to ensure that the most important part of the cyber ecosystem — the human component — is prepared to design, build, maintain, operate, and defend our cyber infrastructure. Despite the clarity of need, the scarcity of skilled cybersecurity thinkers and workers remains a well-documented global challenge for industry and for governments alike. Certainly, some sectors lag behind, but most government and industry leaders are now cognizant of and attentive to the need for increased security and resiliency in cyberspace.

Accepting cybersecurity skills were both scarce and unevenly distributed, even in the U.S. national security sphere, President Trump issued an executive order in May 2019 to jumpstart federal cybersecurity workforce enhancements...”

Excerpt from Tom Wingfield, “Cyber Workforce Development to Meet Today’s National Defense Challenges,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  10, No. 4, 2021: 7-8.

Tom Wingfield is deputy assistant secretary of defense. He supports the U.S. secretary of defense and other senior Department of Defense leaders by formulating, recommending, integrating, and implementing policies and strategies to improve the department’s ability to operate in cyberspace.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.