U.S. Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, head ofÂ Cyber CommandÂ and theÂ National Security Agency, has said human capitalÂ needsÂ pose the biggest challengeÂ in theÂ cybersecurity arena.
The Defense Department said Thursday Rogers spoke at theÂ CyberMaryland Conference to discussÂ challenges facingÂ the cyber community.
“While the technology is incredibly important to our ability to meet the needs that are associated with the challenges of cyber and cybersecurity, perhaps the greatest challenge is not the technology but the human capital element,” Rogers said.
“The ability to generate trained men and women with the right kind of background and insight is a challenge that as a nation we are only beginning to come to grips with,” he added.
Rogers noted that internship programs atÂ NSA and Cybercom serve asÂ aÂ mainÂ cybersecurity investmentÂ for both organizationsÂ and approximately 65 percent of interns end up in staff positionsÂ NSA.
He addedÂ every personnel must have a baseline knowledge on cyber and users must make “smarter” decisions to support cybersecurity.