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In April, the U.S. Department of Defense released a new strategy for the future of cybersecurity in the military and government. The Secretary of Defense stated that “vulnerable data systems present state and non-state actors with an enticing opportunity to strike the United States and its interests.” After several data security hacks, the government decided it was time to develop a more proactive strategy to protect the nation’s confidential data. The National Cybersecurity Institute discussed this plan in detail in their webinar, “The New U.S. Department of Defense Cybersecurity Article,” but in summation, the strategy’s main goals are to increase cyberdefenses and develop a workforce of information security professionals.
After several major data breeches, the Department of Defense revealed a new cybersecurity strategy. This plan calls for an increase in the number of cybersecurity professionals.
The DoD stated that it would continue to work with the intelligence community to develop cyberdefenses that are capable of anticipating threats and vulnerabilities. These defenses will be multi-layered and highly adaptable. Additionally, the DoD plans to establish an international coalition of cyberdefense between its allies. The goal is to create a network of information security exchange, which would help the allied nations strengthen their knowledge and defenses against outsider threats.
“The DoD plans to increase the number of cybersecurity employees by 4,000 members.”
Develop a workforce of information security professionals
In its April plan, the DoD mentioned increasing cybersecurity training and education for its current employees. While this is a step in the right direction, the government recognized that it currently does not have an adequate number of information security employees to deal with incoming cyberthreats.The Washington Post reported that the U.S. Cyber Command, a subdivision of the DoD with a specific focus on cybersecurity, planned to increase the number of employees by 4,000 members in 2013. The department will need individuals who are trained in cybersecurity best practices and have the capabilities to anticipate threats. These individuals will also need to have the skills to build a network of advanced defenses and check government systems regularly for vulnerabilities.
Schools like the National Cybersecurity Institute are preparing people for roles like the ones the DoD is looking to fill. At NCI, students have the opportunity to become leaders in the cybersecurity field by participating in such courses as Cybersecurity Defense in Depth and Ethics, Legal, and Compliance Issues in Cybersecurity. Excelsior College offers programs like a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in Cybersecurity Technology and Master of Science in Cybersecurity in which the industry’s top educators train individuals to take on the cyberthreats of the future. For more information on becoming part of the next generation of information security professionals, visit NCI’s website today.