[ISN] U.S. Faces Cyber Security Gap Without Training, Education

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 00:04:05 -0600 (CST)

By Kenneth Corbin 
eSecurity Planet
March 24, 2010

WASHINGTON -- As discussions about the federal approach to cyber 
security continue to percolate across the highest levels of government, 
one of the most important steps policymakers can take is to nourish the 
education and training of a new crop of security experts, a senior 
administration official said here at the FOSE government IT show.

Working in concert with the government, the private sector has made 
significant strides in improving software security and ferreting out 
vulnerabilities in the supply chain, but the flow of cyber security 
experts graduating from the nation's universities with advanced degrees 
remains anemic, according to Richard Marshall, the director of global 
cyber security management at the Department of Homeland Security.

"No matter how successful we are in those two elements, we are going to 
fail if we don't invest more money, time, attention and rewards to 
educate the workforce," Marshall said. "That's our legacy-to-be."

DHS and the National Security Agency (NSA) jointly sponsor the Centers 
for Academic Excellence, a consortium of universities that focus on 
advanced information security education. While participation in the 
program has snowballed, federal funding for scholarships has not kept 


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