Will the U.S. government draft cybersecurity professionals?

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Will there be a giant sucking sound of cybersecurity talent evading the draft by moving to Canada?

The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service, created by Congress, is currently evaluating the Selective Service System (SSS) with an eye toward modernizing the draft, including the possibility of conscripting cybersecurity professionals.

“Part of that discussion,” Jacob Daniels, a legislative liaison at the SSS, tells CSO by email, “has involved a ‘skills draft’ where our agency would ask experts on certain subject matters to register with Selective Service. The types of professionals that have been referenced in these discussions include healthcare professionals and cybersecurity experts. The Commission will report its findings and recommendations to Congress in March of 2020.”

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May 20, 2019