SolarWinds Hack Highlights National Shortage of Cyber Talent


The hack of major U.S. government and Fortune 500 company IT systems disclosed this week by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) demonstrates the increasing sophistication of advanced persistent threats in cyberspace that pose, in CISA’s words, “a grave risk to the federal government.” 

A recent workforce study of the cyber community estimated the United States faces a shortfall in cyber-skilled professionals greater than 3 million in 2020. The Air Force Association’s CyperPatriot Program is designed to combat that problem and train future cyber leaders.

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Media Availability: Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Bernard K. Skoch, National Commissioner of CyberPatriot, can discuss how CyberPatriot is training America’s youth to identify and defend against cyberattacks. General Skoch started his career at Strategic Air Command performing telecommunications in South Korea, later he served on the Joint Staff and Air Staff and completed his career in the Air Force as the director of communications operations on the Air Staff.