The University of California, Berkeley center has recommended president-elect Donald Trump’s transition team team up with Silicon Valley in a push to bolster the U.S.’ cyber workforce, USA Today reported Friday.
Erin Kelley writes UC Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity also suggested the incoming transition team to establish a new agency for the development of new digital security strategies as part of five cybersecurity suggestions announced at a Bipartisan Policy Center discussion.
“The new administration has an important opportunity to change the way Americans think about cybersecurity,” said a report presented by Betsy Cooper, UC Berkeley executive director, and Steven Weber, UC Berkeley faculty director.
“We believe cybersecurity needs to be thought of as an existential risk to core American interests and values, rising close to the level of major armed conflict and climate change.”
Recommendations from the UC Berkeley team include the recruitment of cybersecurity professionals with an incentive of deferred student loans, addition of cybersecurity and computer literacy in the nation’s schools as well as the development of a Cyber Advanced Research Projects Agency.