Information technology experts recognize training as a vital component of cyber security and government officials readily acknowledge their own employees must be better prepared and trained on computer use, especially as governments face increasingly sophisticated cyber-threats and as human errors have contributed to widespread data breaches. Former Deputy Under-Secretary for Cybersecurity at the US Department of Homeland Security, Mark Weatherford, views cyber security education and training as essential. He emphasizes that the lack of people with cyber security skills requires urgent attention.
The federal government has identified cyber security as a critical priority, unveiling new efforts to fight the theft of trade secrets and discourage intellectual property theft. In the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama urged Congress to pass legislation to help protect computer networks from attack and further advised enemies are exploring ways to sabotage the power grid, financial institutions, and air traffic control system.