Cyber Command faces major challenges moving forward

A shortage of cyber warriors and the United States' dedication to civil liberties may be dragging down the agenda of the U.S. Cyber Command, reports NextGov.

To attract cyber warriors to the military is a tough challenge because such highly skilled workers in an emerging field are scarce, so the Cyber Command is trying to draw them by using special incentives, outlined by Gen. Keith Alexander, such as bonuses similar to the ones  pilots and nuclear officers receive, and also opportunities for education and advanced degrees, the story said.

The Obama administration is taking considerable care to minimize civil liberties and cybersecurity risks; for example, the order to launch the Stuxnet virus reportedly was made after thorough deliberation by the president himself.

“Obama has to say yes or no,” Dave Aitel, chief executive officer of cybersecurity firm Immunity Inc. and a former National Security Agency computer scientist, said in the story. "It’s not completely like ‘Go crazy, Cyber Command.’ ”

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