Cyber Workforce Needs Continuous Education
Personnel working in cyber must continually look for opportunities to learn, say cyber professionals from across government.
During a morning panel discussion on the final day of the AFCEA TechNet Cyber conference in Baltimore, high-ranking officials from the Defense Department, Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency discussed a wide range of issues concerning the cyber workforce today and tomorrow.
Across the board, they agreed on the need for continuous and well-rounded education. Brig. Gen. Paul Stanton, USA, deputy director of current operations/J-3, U.S. Cyber Command, tied continuous education to a successful understanding of the military network. “That changes. That’s dynamic, not static. It requires continuous evaluation and understanding. That, in turn, implies we have a dynamic and agile workforce that is dedicated to continuous learning,” he offered. “We need a workforce that is truly dedicated to continuous learning, that is going to go and study, to find ways to stay current in the profession of technology. If you are not dedicated to continuous learning, to doing your own internal research, to studying the art of the possible and the state of the art, then you’ll fall behind quickly.”