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Facing Up to the Nation's Shortage of Cyber-Warriors

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Alexander told a House Armed Services subcommittee that the threat of furloughs is going to hamstring his ability to recruit people to defend U.S. computer networks.

One of them is flexible hiring authority for the Department of Homeland Security, like the NSA has. Department officials have repeatedly emphasized it as one of the most important aspects of any legislation.

Paller said that “the shortage of cybersecurity skilled people makes it nearly impossible to respond to the current wave of attacks,” but there are signs of progress.

“We’re way behind,” Paller said. “But we’re not dead in the water.”

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