Senior military colleges aim to fill gaps in cyber skills for the Defense Department

The Citadel is one of six senior military colleges looking for support from the Defense Department to expand education opportunities that lead to a cyber career. THE CITADEL/COURTESY PHOTO
The Citadel is one of six senior military colleges looking for support from the Defense Department to expand education opportunities that lead to a cyber career. THE CITADEL/COURTESY PHOTO

Senior military colleges aim to fill gaps in cyber skills for the Defense Department

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AUSTIN, Texas — Examples of an expanding cyber force within the Defense Department are all around. The Marine Corps established a new specialty field in October to better defend its computer-based systems and the Air Force added 244 new cyber officers in 2018, a nearly 10 percent increase from the previous year.

Increasingly, the military services are focusing on cybersecurity, in part based on information from the Department of Homeland Security citing the potential of a cyberattack exceeding the threat of a physical one.

More so, an internal Pentagon report recently obtained by Bloomberg News detailed the need for a larger, more competent workforce — among other suggestions — as concerns of cyberattacks percolate throughout the U.S. military. The internal report from the Pentagon’s combat testing office warned while the military has made progress in defending against in-house attacks designed to test cyber systems, the improvements were not outpacing the growing capabilities of potential adversaries.

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