Recruiting the American military’s cyber force is more difficult than retaining digital warriors, top Pentagon officials said during the CyberCon 2018 conference, hosted Nov. 1 by Fifth Domain.
The Marine Corps cannot compete with the private cybersecurity sector when it comes to salary, but they have an advantage when it comes to job experience and “the mission,” said Gregg Kendrick, the executive director of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command.
“Retaining a force is tough but it is doable. Recruiting the force is significant,” Kendrick said. He explained that “when you are on mission, you almost always want to stay on mission.”