According to NPR, the cyberdefenses aren’t up to the challenge in U.S. that makes it most vulnerable country in the world for a large-scale cyberattack. “We don’t have sufficiently bright people moving into this field to support those national security objectives as we move forward in time,” says James Gosler, a veteran cybersecurity specialist who has worked at CIA, National Security Agency and Energy Department.
Gosler estimates there’re only 1,000 people in the entire US with sophisticated skills needed for the most demanding cyberdefense tasks. To meet the computer security needs of U.S. government agencies and large corporations, he says, a force of 20,000 to 30,000 similarly skilled specialists is needed. Some are currently being trained at the nonprofit SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security) Institute outside Washington, D.C., but the demand for qualified cybersecurity specialists far exceeds the supply.