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DOD's cyber-hiring woes

The Department of Defense has introduced several new policies and programs to bolster its cybersecurity workforce. Despite that, the department's cyber skills gap isn't narrowing, top DOD cyber leaders testified this week. “I am concerned about the pace” at which DOD is hiring and training cyber personnel, Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, CIO of the Joint Staff, said during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel. “I think the divide between the need is growing compared to what we’re able to fulfill. I’m not sure we’re closing the gap, and time is ticking for us to do so.” Billy Mitchell has more from the hearing.

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Skinner's action plan for DISA

Hardly 50 days into his tenure as director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, Lt. Gen. Robert Skinner is set to issue what he's calling an "action plan" that will sketch out the agency's areas of focus over the next few years with partners across the Department of Defense. He is working to publish the plan and strategy in the next “30-45 days.” Jackson Barnett has more.

Bill proposes AI service for scholarships

Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and John Thune, R-S.D., re-introduced a bill this week that would give students scholarships to study artificial intelligence in exchange for federal service. The AI Scholarship-for-Service Act comes as agencies struggle to enlist AI talent, despite the U.S. attempting to become a global leader in the space — ahead of top competitors like China. To be eligible undergraduate and graduate students studying AI or a related field would need to agree to work for the federal or a state, local or tribal government after completing their degree for a period equal to the length of the scholarship. Dave Nyczepir has this.

Here we go again

Federal agencies are once again included in a major hacking campaign exploiting commercial enterprise software. The question now is how many? At least two-dozen U.S. federal agencies run the Pulse Connect Secure, the software that two advanced hacking groups recently exploited, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity agency. “We’re aware of 24 agencies running Pulse Connect Secure devices, but it’s too early to determine conclusively how many have actually had the vulnerability exploited,” said Scott McConnell, a spokesman for DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Sean Lyngaas has more on CyberScoop.

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