CLTC’s proposal for a Cyber Workforce Incubator (CWI) was featured in The Hill, a top U.S. political website. The article by Joe Uchill, “Feds face big obstacle in cyber efforts: Geography“, highlights the challenge that the CWI proposes to address: federal government agencies like the Department of Defense have an urgent need to hire technology experts to tackle challenging problems, but those experts are more attracted to tech hubs like Silicon Valley, and have little interest in moving to Washington D.C. to work in large, bureaucratic agencies.
The proposed CWI would enable top technologists from Silicon Valley to work for the federal government for one- or two-year terms. Through this program, technology professionals would receive fast-tracked security clearances, and would be able to work for the Department of Defense and other agencies while remaining on the West Coast, where they can remain tapped in to the culture and innovations of the tech industry.
CLTC produced a white paper detailing the concept for the CWI, and also submitted written testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Information Technology (part of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)
“The geography problem has caught the attention of Congress,” Uchill wrote. “Most of the federal government’s cybersecurity operations are run out of Washington, D.C., far from the technology hubs of California, Texas and Massachusetts, where many tech professionals live and work. But, say experts, those hubs may be the secret to meeting a growing shortage in the federal information technology workforce.”
Among the experts cited in the story are CLTC’s Steve Weber, Faculty Director, and Betsy Cooper, Executive Director. “People talk about the knowledge ecosystem in Silicon Valley, being able to participate in cutting-edge thinking in the field,” Weber said. “Most engineers will tell you that it would be impossible to leave.”