With growing concerns over the very real threat of “cyber warfare,” militaries around the globe are racing to recruit specialised computer personnel, operatives they believe may be central to the conflicts of the 21st century. While money is plentiful for new forces of “cyber warriors,” attracting often individualistic technical specialists and hackers into military hierarchies is another matter.
Finding the people to command them is also tough. After a decade of messy and relatively low-tech ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, some senior western officers are if anything less confident with technology such as smartphones and tablet computers than their civilian contemporaries.
Ironically, the earliest – modern – computers were developed by the military to crack codes, simulate nuclear explosions and communicate effectively through battle conditions. The Internet – our daily bread – grew out of a military research program, the wide open pockets of military technology spending gave us satnav, 747 Jumbos and sms.
With the Pentagon saying its computers are being attacked millions of times every day, time is short. “We are busy and we are getting busier every day,” Lt Gen Rhett Hernandez, a former artillery officer who now heads U.S. Cyber Command, told a cyber security conference in London last month organized by British firm Defence IQ. “Cyberspace requires a world-class cyber warrior … we must develop, recruit and retain in a different way to today.” Read the full article »»»»