U.S. Government Looking to Have 6,000 New “Cyberwarriors” Within Two Years

According to a Business Week article, the U.S. government plans to have 6,000 new so-called “cyberwarriors” by the year 2016.

The number comes in part from the Pentagon’s plan to triple its current cybersecurity staff, which was announced recently by U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The other part making up the 6,000 “cyberwarriors” comes from the FBI, which plans to hire 1,000 agents and 1,000 analysts in the coming year, according to FBI Supervisory Special Agent Charles Gilgen, who made a statement at a recent cybercrime conference.

With the recent Heartbleed fiasco and other headline-making cybercrimes, it’s no wonder cybersecurity is becoming an even hotter field.

According to a St. Louis Business Journal article, Lisa Nichols, co-founder and CEO of Technology Partners, an IT solutions and consulting company, said jobs in the cybersecurity sector are going to be more in demand than ever.

Another recent Business Week article reveals how cybersecurity efforts in the U.S. have been amped up, mainly to look for flaws similar to the infamous Heartbleed.

“On Florida’s Atlantic coast, cyber arms makers working for U.S. spy agencies are bombarding billions of lines of computer code with random data that can expose software flaws the U.S. might exploit. In Pittsburgh, researchers with a Pentagon contract are teaching computers to scan software for bugs and turn them automatically into weapons. In a converted textile mill in New Hampshire, programmers are testing the combat potential of coding errors on a digital bombing range. Across the U.S., a new league of defense contractors is mining the foundation of the Internet for glitches that can be turned to the country’s strategic advantage,” the article states.

“We’re in an arms race,” Chase Cunningham, former chief cryptologic technician of the National Security Agency told Business Week.

In the article, Cunningham explained “the competition to find exploitable bugs before an enemy does is as intense as ‘the space race and the Cold War combined.’”

 

For the Business Week article on looking for Heartbleed-like flaws, click here: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-05-02/digital-arms-makers-follow-the-money-in-building-nsa-arsenal#p1
For the Business Week article on cyber warriors, click here: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-04-15/uncle-sam-wants-cyber-warriors-but-can-he-compete
For the cybersecurity job market article, click here: http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog/biznext/2014/05/market-for-cybersecurity-professionals-set-to.html