Building and Retaining a First-Class Cyber Workforce

The first computer virus was created in the early 1970s, and in 1988, the first computer worm was distributed, gaining widespread media attention. More than 30 years later, viruses and malware have evolved significantly in sophistication and complexity. In recent years, there have been numerous high-profile cyber attacks, such as the security breaches at Target or the Office of Personnel Management. There also have been openly reported U.S. offensive cyber operations, such as a recent offensive cyber strike against Iranian computer systems used to control rocket and missile launchers in response to Iran's shoot down of an unmanned U.S. surveillance drone.

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