4 workforce development steps for any DoD cyber resilience strategy


4 workforce development steps for any DoD cyber resilience strategy

To achieve a resilient cybersecurity infrastructure, an organization needs a well-trained, highly skilled workforce. Some cyber leaders are breaking with convention to pursue new ways to get what they need.

According to Accenture’s “Third Annual State of Cyber Resilience” report, leading organizations are already using some best practices that lead to cyber resilience. The report’s survey shows that some leaders have been able to stop attacks and find breaches four time faster, fix breaches three times faster and reduce the impact of a breach twice as fast as other organizations.

These results are due in part to cyber training. Leading organizations report that they provide needed training to their workforce to improve their knowledge and skill set. Building the next generation of cyber defenses requires training the next generation of cyberwarriors and providing them a robust training environment that is agile, scalable and tailored to their unique learning needs — and available globally.

A ready cyber force must be supported by highly trained individuals who can access a variety of training tools on demand with intuitive interfaces. Moreover, this training environment must be able to accommodate team dynamics — either for a full team or a diverse range of smaller teams — for high fidelity training and mission rehearsal.

Many organizations within the Department of Defense are leading the charge on a modern approach and have taken positive steps to address their workforce cyber needs. Among these steps:

  • The Army’s new “People Strategy” includes an initiative called Quantum Leap that aims to re-skill or upskill as many as 15,000 current IT and cyber workers so they are better prepared for requirements five to 10 years in the future.
  • The U.S. Cyber Command established consistent training standards for its Cyber Mission Force teams and, in 2018, achieved full operational capability for all 133 of those teams.
  • The Army, on behalf of U.S. Cyber Command, is standing up the Persistent Cyber Training Environment to provide a web-based cyber training environment where cyberwarriors can remotely plug in around the world to conduct training at the individual, team and force levels.
  • The DoD launched the Defense Cyber Exchange as the department’s one-stop portal for cyber information, policy, guidance and training.
  • The National Security Agency’s National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense program certifies and collaborates with more than 270 designated colleges and universities around the country to educate future cyber first responders.

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4 workforce development steps for any DoD cyber resilience strategy