Army wants to change its cyber training to beef up ranks

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Army wants to change its cyber training to beef up ranks

The military as a whole is facing a shortage in cyber talent and the Army is considering changing the way it trains its cyber soldiers to deal with the shortfall.

The cyber realm is demanding an increasing number of civilian and military experts for defensive, offensive and maintenance jobs.

In fact, Essye Miller, the Defense Department’s acting principal deputy chief information officer, told a joint panel between the Senate Armed Services Subcommittees on Cybersecurity and Personnel Wednesday that DoD lost 4,000 civilian cyber-related employees over the past year.

The Army is dealing with a similar challenge and the solution may be, in a way, to expect a little less from cyber soldiers.

One of the direst needs comes in the form of cyber tool developers and interactive on-net operators (IONs). Those are the soldiers who develop exploitation opportunities and maintain situational awareness of ongoing network operations, according to the Army Intelligence and Security Command. It’s an important job that is responsible for cyber red teaming and network security. Tool developers make the actual programs that attack enemy cyber targets.

Those soldiers are important for U.S. Cyber Command and the 133 cyber mission force teams the command employs to do its bidding.

The Army needs about 150 of them, but only has about half of that.

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