The United States wants to improve its Cyber Command over the next two years, and will increase security staff to more than 6,000 employees, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently said. Both military and civilian candidates will be included, as the US government wants to improve both cybersecurity and offensive weapons that can be used to target foreign operations.
The government will likely need to work with universities and private sector companies to try and find candidates - especially with so much competition for skilled cybersecurity experts.
"It has to do with having the skills," said Michael Daly, Raytheon cyber business CTO, in a statement to SCMagazine. "I think that when the jobs are there, the people with the skills are seeking them out and going after them. What we are seeing is a huge backlog as far as being able to hire people into these jobs. The number of security jobs have grown, but these jobs are taking a lot longer to fill."