NSA Built Stuxnet, but Real Trick Is Building Crew of Hackers – US News and World Report
If the reporter really understood NSA’s strategies for building up their cybersecurity workforce, they would said “personpower” instead of “manpower.” NSA is a big supporter of the Anita Borg Institute and the Grace Hopper Conference. They recognize that they’ll need women to help fill those cybersecurity ranks.
When Stuxnet—a massive computer worm that damaged a uranium enrichment plant in Iran—was discovered in 2010, cybersecurity experts marveled at its intricacy and power.
But maybe just as impressive as the exploit itself was the fact that the National Security Administration was able to find the manpower needed to design the attack.
That’s because the NSA, CIA, the Army’s Cyber Command, and private companies are quickly learning there aren’t enough cybersecurity experts steeped in the skills needed to wage cyberwarfare.
Experts have suggested that the United States government will need to hire at least 10,000 cybersecurity experts over the next several years, while the private sector will need even more. While most of those jobs are in defense, there’s also a growing need for people who are able to hack into complicated networks.