The Week (US)

Wanted: Hackers, the good kind


A long-standing labor shortage in the cybersecur­ity industry is undercutti­ng companies’ ability to guard against breaches, said Clare Duffy in “Experts have been tracking the cybersecur­ity labor shortage for at least a decade.” A 2020 survey found there are “around 879,000 cybersecur­ity profession­als in the U.S. workforce,” but there is a need for 359,000 additional workers, ranging from “entry-level security analysts, who monitor network traffic to identify potential bad actors,” to executive-level leaders who can convince large corporatio­ns to bolster their defenses. “The stakes are only growing,” following a number of high-profile attacks in recent weeks, including the SolarWinds breach and the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline. One area of focus in recruiting is diversity: Just 25 percent of cybersecur­ity profession­als are women. licly available names of European bases known to hold U.S. nuclear weapons quickly led to “flash-card platforms such as Chegg, Quizlet, and Cram.” One set of flash cards “detailed the exact locations of modems that connect to vaults, the procedures for duress signals on base, and the locations of cameras and where they pointed.” Bellingcat informed the Pentagon of its discovery, but last week at least two of the 50 flash-card sets were still online on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

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