U.S. Cyber Command struggles to retain top cybersecurity talent

June 7, 2016

At U.S. Cyber Command, the top brass has made recruiting top talent a leading priority, but those efforts have been slowed by challenges in attracting and retaining the next generation of cyber warriors.

Maj. Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of Cyber Command’s Cyber National Mission Force, spoke to those struggles in a recent online event hosted by Federal News Radio.

Nakasone explained that at Cyber Command, “the mission attracts most” in the recruiting work at the inter-service unit that conducts a bevy of military defensive and offensive cyber activities.

“We offer a sense of service to the nation, rigorous training, innovative approaches to hard problems of national security, and an opportunity to build a phenomenal network across that spans defense, interagency, allies and industry,” Nakasone said.

“Yet, even with this, we need to continue to offer some additional pay and benefits,” he added. “We must identify and recognize our best talent.”

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