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Ron Marks, president of ZPN National Security and Cyber Strategies, discusses a new bill to help build up the government’s cyber talent, and the challenges in creating a career path for cybersecurity.

The government’s cybersecurity workforce needs a boost to maintain the pace needed for to stay on top of future tech challenges. The bipartisan HACKED act introduced to Congress aims to improve worker training for cybersecurity professionals in government and create clear career paths. Ron Marks, president of ZPN National Security and Cyber Strategies, says that the bill is potentially a solution to a growing issue.


“The pool of people available to do this is still growing. People forget we are asking people to look at some very complex matters and the educational pool which they’re drawing from universities. It has only switched over in the last 4 or 5 years.”  Marks said. “I have been working with Auburn, and Hopkins and others. To them cyber is still an engineering problem. In government, it may be an engineering problem, but it is a management problem. It is not a management problem of people managing directly those involved in this, it is a problem of senior people trying to figure out ‘if I’m spending ‘x’ amount of money, what am I getting for it?’ Anything that helps in that direction is appreciated.”

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