To Bolster Cybersecurity, the US Should Look to Estonia
United States policymakers have long sought ways to boost federal agencies’ capacity to implement cybersecurity and plan for significant cyber incidents. As early as 2002, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden advocated for the creation of the National Emergency Technology Guard (NETGuard), a corps of volunteers with technology experience who could help following a cyber incident.
Fast forward to 2019, when General Robert Neller, former Commandant of the Marine Corps, said that the Marines would create a new cyber auxiliary, where it’s okay for members to have "purple hair," paving the way to attract, recruit, and retain civilian cyber talent. Other branches of the military have already offered cyber warriors steep bonuses to re-enlist and the Army has even created a direct accession program in cyber warfare.