A New Hope for Cybersecurity


A New Hope for Cybersecurity

In the latest installment of Get S.E.T., we discuss the country’s cybersecurity preparedness. Cybersecurity preparedness and cybersecurity workforce crises drive a lively discussion among our guests in our fourth podcast episode. Will we suffer death by a thousand cuts or Cyber Pearl Harbor?

  • Do we have enough cyber professionals—and are they properly trained—to face challenges of the future?
  • What does it mean for us, from private businesses to critical infrastructure?
  • How do changes in federal cybersecurity policy impact the workforce?
  • How can the private sector, government and academia address preparing professionals for a future in cyber?
Guest Rick Weber, senior editor and co-founder of Inside Cybersecurity, weighs in on the cyber landscape. The cyber threat is constantly changing, and policy shifts just as quickly. The general consumer isn’t necessarily aware of the threats to our infrastructure. “Who is paying attention to what depends on where you sit.” He continues, “A threat or risk isn’t isolated to one sector…there is a new awareness of trying to integrate.”

During the podcast, Dr. John Sahlin, technical director for Engility’s Defense and Security Group, says, “If you look at the Matrix movies, I am going to argue that Agent Smith is the actual hero of the movies. He protects the system (love it or hate it), and Neo and his hackers are trying to bring it down. We, as a society, glamorize hacking.” He also states, “The ideal cyber professional never grows out of the student phase—the natural curiosity.”

A New Hope for Cybersecurity The episode’s third guest, Gary Hayslip, vice president and CISO for Webroot and advisory board member for the Technology Security Coalition, shares “Some think if you’re a black hat, you work beyond the law, you must be special. I beg to differ.” He elaborates that he wishes we could all just get along on the internet, but there really is defense and offense. He concludes with advice to those seeking a career in the field, “Cybersecurity is not a field that is stagnant; it is constantly changing. If you choose this as a field, you will have to continually educate yourself.”

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Engility’s podcast series, Get S.E.T. – Science, Engineering and Technology, features interviews with those exploring innovation and futuristic approaches to problem solving. Guests discuss the latest advances in national defense, space science, and intelligence technology.