Robert Bigman, former chief information security officer at the Central Intelligence Agency, discusses how to scale the Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy, and what it means for reducing the federal tech talent shortage.
The Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy is expanding slightly due to increased interest. The now 30 students enrolled in the program will learn new cybersecurity skills, but Robert Bigman, former chief information security officer at the Central Intelligence Agency, says that it’s not enough to solve the tech staffing problem in the federal government. “I love the motivation. I think it is a wonderful thing to start. You know how they say it is a small drop in a very big ocean? This is even less than a small drop,” Bigman said. “The need for cybersecurity talent is so great. I have asked some of the CISOs in government ‘What do you need?’ They don’t need analysts. They need technicians, they need people to put on the floor to help the IT people build secure systems.”