[Dailydave] The Pentagon Staffs up

Dave Aitel dave at immunityinc.com
Mon Jan 28 11:20:36 EST 2013


Notably, they don't do all this staffing actually AT the Pentagon, where
they'd get to fight every contractor already trying to staff up, and
where people would get to enjoy the traffic. :>

    /As part of the expansion, officials said the Pentagon was planning
    three different forces under Cyber Command: "national mission
    forces" to protect computer systems that support the nation's power
    grid and critical infrastructure; "combat mission forces" to plan
    and execute attacks on adversaries; and "cyber protection forces" to
    secure the Pentagon's computer systems.//


It's interesting they're building a team to secure critical
infrastructure before the groundwork has been laid legislatively to use
that team.

Also - everyone focuses on "how to recruit X number of people", but
forgets that the Government doesn't really need huge farms of rock star
hackers and in fact, they prefer not to have them. Good technologists
who can work in a team are eminently findable and much more valuable.

Realistically, their problem is more managerial than technical. This is
a young field, and it's hard to find people who have the security
experience and management know-how (and actually want to do management).
Your basic Java program manager can't hack it (pun intended).

But without that, you're going to be building the tools you need today,
rather than the tools you'll need tomorrow. It's a fatal flaw in most
cases. Literally, in this case.


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