FBI Official: Feds Can't Compete With Top Tech Companies for Cybersecurity Analysts

The United States has a shortage of cybersecurity analysts qualified to prevent cyberattacks that is contributing to the vulnerability of the nation's computer networks, an FBI official said Wednesday.

Speaking at a City & State forum on post-Sept. 11 security threats, Supervisory Special Agent Prashanth Mekala of the FBI's New York office said it takes unique skills to detect internet- and computer-based bad actors, and the government is having trouble competing with high-tech companies for their services.

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