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Cyber warrior shortage hits anti-hacker fightback

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#1 Leurgy


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 11:10 AM

An article from the Reuters News Agency indicates that there is a rapidly increasing need for Security Specialists to guard the world's government and industrial computer infrastructures from intrusion and attack. As governments recruit and train compentent people to fight these cyber attacks, they are quickly lured away by industry with higher salarys and benefits.



The U.S. military's Cyber Command is due to quadruple in size by 2015 with 4,000 new personnel while Britain announced a new Joint Cyber Reserve last month. From Brazil to Indonesia, similar forces have been set up.


But demand for specialists has far outpaced the number of those qualified to do the job, leading to a staffing crunch as talent is poached by competitors offering big salaries.


The U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics says the number of Information Technology security roles in the U.S. will increase by some 22 percent in the decade to 2020, creating 65,700 new jobs. Experts say it is a similar situation globally, with salaries often rising 5-7 percent a year.


A graduate with a good computer studies degree can walk into a $100,000 salary with a similar amount upfront as a golden handshake, several times what the U.S. National Security Agency would be likely to offer



The full article can be found here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/13/net-us-security-internet-idUSBRE99C03F20131013


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 02:18 PM

A graduate with a good computer studies degree can walk into a $100,000 salary with a similar amount upfront as a golden handshake, several times what the U.S. National Security Agency would be likely to offer

And they won't have to worry about job security if the government shuts down. :whistle:

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 07:41 PM

The ironic part of all this is the fact that previously, it was those in the hacker community that brought forth the most amount of skills through techniques, skills and hands on practice. Now it's become highly illegal in many aspects and since turned into an academia with fairly stringent requirements.
Could this also be due to the heavy crackdown and trying to bring those with curiosity and skills into an area they may not actually be interested in pursuing through a defined course set and the extreme costs which as I've seen are quite ridiculous.

Just curious.

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