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United Kingdom IT experts and government officials need new cyber experts to protect its infrastructure

The United Kingdom plans to beef up its digital security efforts by launching a new search for cyber security experts able to help the government defend against cyber attacks.

As part of the Cyber Security Challenge, natural abilities will be assessed using online and in-person examinations.  Top participants will receive university scholarship funds, training course registration, and other perks to help usher in a new generation of cyber experts.

"Defending all of our interests in cyberspace is a relatively small cadre of talented and highly skilled public sector and private sector cyber security professionals," said Baroness Neville-Jones, UK Minister of Security, in a statement.  

The UK faces a security void that needs to be addressed as the threat of foreign-based cyber attacks looming for western nations.  Specifically, the government is finding some security agents too old, while others who recently moved into the field switching to new positions.

The United States and other western nations have also worked to increase their cyber security efforts, with President Barack Obama expecting the U.S. military and government to better protect against Web-based attacks.  In May, the U.S. Air Force converted 3,000 officers into cyberspace security experts to help prevent cyber attacks against the U.S. infrastructure. 

There will be higher demand for security consultants hired by government agencies and companies to evaluate their security.  Some universities have created custom degree programs related to computer infrastructure and cyber security -- and the FBI and military security experts are developing new training programs.

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Upgrade your officers!
By asuffield on 8/2/2010 8:33:32 AM , Rating: 2
I'm curious, how do you convert somebody into a "cyberspace security expert"? Can you get a kit for that?

(Reality check: they gave 3000 officers a new job title and some basic training - making them cyberspace security interns )

RE: Upgrade your officers!
By hughlle on 8/2/2010 9:13:23 AM , Rating: 2
That sounds about right for our government. Sigh.

No no no...
By Daniel8uk on 8/2/2010 9:22:24 AM , Rating: 2
By Cyber Security Experts they actually mean dis-informants and private email snoopers, after all we all know that those evil terrorists hide in those tubes they call the inter-web-sites and that all terrorists regularly use Hotmail accounts to talk about evil plans and to sign up for weekly Al-Qaeda newsletters.

I say to the governments of the world, thank you and god bless. With out the big umbrella of government we would surely live in a world of freedom and free speech which is of course what the terrorists want, and hence it must be destroyed.

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