In order to have a strong cyber-security team, government agencies need experts with the skills and education that are up to the task, right? Not so, said several panelists at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference in Washington, D.C. Olivia Carroll, Director of the Cybercrime Lab for the U.S. Department of Justice said she believes that government must look beyond social stigmas and norms to find the best people for cybersecurity. That includes high school and college drop-outs.
Major TJ O’Connor said that the best way to have a strong cybersecurity team is to have employees who know how to think and work like hackers. Lieutenant Colonel Robert Fanelli, regarding having a team knowledgeable of how hackers work, noted:
“Responding effectively to an incident does not leave a lot of time for debating policy … What happens if a major incident happens tomorrow night? Are we ready to go?”