Magazine article National Defense

Looking for Cybersecurity Experts? Check the Jails and Art Schools

Magazine article National Defense

Looking for Cybersecurity Experts? Check the Jails and Art Schools

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Are cybersecurity experts born or made?

It's a question that recruiters are asking more frequently as the nation faces a shortage of technically savvy network security operators.

Civilian agencies, the military, the intelligence community and corporations large and small are all after the same small pool of specialists who can face the nonstop hacking assaults on their enterprises.

Those hiring need to look beyond the traditional recruits with a bachelor's degree in computer sciences, said a panel of corporate network security leaders.

"I can tell you from my experience running exploitation teams, that some of the best folks that I had were either non-college graduates, political science majors or art majors," Chris Coleman, director of cybersecurity, U.S. public sector, at Cisco Systems Inc., said at the Milcom conference in Baltimore. Master's degree holders in computer sciences and engineering are all good, but as far as the nontraditional members of his team, "The things that those individuals can do ... Well, it's good that they are on our side," he added.

Bryan Palma, vice president of security and information services at The Boeing Co. …

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