[ISN] Experts say DoD cyber workers undertrained

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2013/02/dn-cyber-certification-021613/ By Zachary Fryer-Biggs Staff writer Marine Corps Times Feb 16, 2013 WASHINGTON — The Defense Department wants to hire thousands of new cyber experts to create a large force of skilled cyber warriors. But first, it has to address concerns about the experts the agency already has. Many of those tasked with protecting networks – key cogs in the U.S. national security infrastructure – are undertrained and unqualified, creating dangerous vulnerabilities, experts both in and out of government are saying. Agency officials said they were aware of the concerns and are rewriting all policy related to qualifications and certifications to make sure that the impending boom in cyber hiring puts capable experts in critical positions. The concerns center on a series of requirements, many of which were put in place in August 2004 under DoD Directive 8570. The directive mandates that information assurance (IA) experts – those in a variety of primarily cyber defense positions – receive specific certifications. Those certifications, created by organizations outside DoD, are coming under fire as failing to test the capability of defenders. […] ______________________________________________ Visit the InfoSec News Security Bookstore Best Selling Security Books and More! http://www.shopinfosecnews.org