Uncle Sam wants you—especially unicorns, leprechauns or something in between. As the U.S. Defense Department revamps the way it protects its critical infrastructures and networks from emerging cyberthreats, military leaders want to reshape their work force and attract to their ranks highly specialized experts, including coveted data scientists.
Convergence was the buzzword du jour as leaders outlined major changes to sweep the U.S. Army in efforts to shore up cyber weaknesses following a year of high-profile breaches and hacks that stunned the Defense Department. It is part of a cultural change that will have several military disciplines working together and removing the divides that have kept the intelligence community from working closely with signal commands, electronic warfare, cyber and information operations.
The Defense Department’s much-anticipated capability solution to access classified voice and email up to the secret level from mobile devices finally migrated from the pilot stage and now is operational; while at the NGA, they've got an app store up and running that serves as a clearing house for geospatial-related mobile applications.
The cyber breach at OPM pilfered the personal information of millions of U.S. federal workers, putting them at risk and highlighting a number of security shortcomings within the federal government. But the true magnitude of the attack has yet to be realized, much less revealed.