United States appoints Four Thousand trained cyber security professionals to protect nation’s critical infrastructure

Idaho National Laboratory in association with Department of Homeland Security has made it official that over 900 cyber security professionals have succeeded in passing out the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Security Training Course in this year.

Technically speaking, the above said the specialized course is meant to offer training to interested personnel who will then be appointed to defend critical infrastructure across the nation. The course which is being offered since 2007 has so far seen over 4K cyber security professionals pass out on a colorful note.

Until a couple of years ago, the Defense Information Systems Agency was struggling to balance the requirement and scarcity of the manpower in the defense vertical of cyberspace. But now, the public agency is able to tackle the strong demand for cyber security professionals with the help of Industrial Control Systems Cyber Security Training Course.

And as per the available infographics to the media, on any given day, the Defense Information Systems Agency is now able to defend over 800 million cyber incidents that threaten the government networks.

“United States was struggling to deal with issues related to cyber thefts, denial of service and destructive attacks in the cyber realm. But now, with the availability of trained cyber security forces, the world’s most powerful nation is standing tall in cyberspace when compared to its enemy nations like North Korea, Russia, and China”, said Richard Ledgett, The National Security Agency’s Deputy Director who spoke at Aspen Institute Forum this week.

As per our sources, the training is conducted in Idaho Falls and is hosted by the DHS Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response team- ICS-CERT.

Till date, 80% of the passed out candidates were appointed as cybersecurity warriors to defend the critical infrastructure such as power stations, water utilities, financial institutions by the DHS.

Hope more such training courses offered by government encourage tech enthusiasts to take up Cyber Security as serious profession-especially women.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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