Congressman Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) joined Alan Paller, founder of the cyber-security training institute in Bethesda, MD, called SANS (System Administration, Networking and Security), and others at Folsom Lake College to discuss cyber security threats and solutions.
The presentations focused on the vital need to identify and train an expanded cyber workforce to meet the growing threat of what Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta called Friday in a New York Times article, "a possible cyber-Pearl Harbor."
Lungren and Paller -- as well as representatives of local, state and federal law enforcement -- see a critical need to identify people with an aptitude for cyber skills that can be used to thwart the growing cyber threat in the United States. A first step might be interesting high school students in an upcoming Cyber Challenge Competition organized by Paller's SANS institute.
Find out more at www.cyberfoundations.org With a shortage of technical cyber security experts in the United States, nearly all very large and medium-sized businesses that operate computers and information systems are frustrated by their inability to hire adequate numbers of skilled cyber security professionals.