Earl Matthews,Â vice president of DXC Technology‘s enterprise security solutions group, has said that the U.S. government and Defense Department should consider establishing aÂ civilian reserve cyber corps to address the shortage of cyber personnel.
Matthews wrote in an article posted Friday on SIGNAL magazine that theÂ civilian cyber corps can be modeled after theÂ Civil Reserve Air Fleet program, which helps the U.S. military meet airlift requirements during emergencies using select aircraft from U.S. airlines.
The cyber corps can help defend DoD networks and protect criticalÂ infrastructure, Matthews noted.
He added that the civilian cyber program should adopt CRAF’s multi-stage deployment approach, where civilian assets are classified into different segments according to the nature ofÂ requirement and capabilities needed.
The Department of Homeland Security should oversee the cyber corps in the same way that theÂ Transportation Department manages CRAF, according to Matthews.
The civilian cyber program could use theÂ National Institute of Standards and Technology‘sÂ Cybersecurity Workforce Framework as a guide for the categorization of cyber roles, then develop additional publications or tools as the positions evolve.
The program should initially seek the support of certified ethical hackers on vulnerability tests against DoD networks andÂ critical infrastructure, Matthews said.
Potential members of theÂ civilian cyber corps would have to undergo a background check since most of them would need security clearances to access certain mission systems.