It's fairly well accepted that we face a significant shortage in cyber-security talent, not just in the UK but globally. High-level agencies like the NCSC have gone on record that they find it increasingly difficult to recruit specialists - but I've seen it throughout the industry, from entry-level positons up.

The article mentions the difficulty in filling highly-skilled roles, but it's interesting the commentary by a US state official, that their main concern is “the part-time registrar who is also the town attorney and the town accountant and is working out of a 17th century jail” - tying neatly into my previous piece on voter-fraud and electoral machine hacking.

An interesting potential solution to this problem is put forward by the author, that small-scale conscription into a national service dedicated to cyber-defense could produce a body of skilled, trained young people; mirroring the way in which Israel benefits in innovation by virtue of its output from the elite Unit 8200. One of the key aspects to making this attractive is the comparison drawn to traditional national service in countries like Norway - where the top 12% of 19-year-olds are selected each year; it has attached prestige and benefits one's CV immensely rather than being treated as something negative.

While I don't know that the UK would embrace such a system - I think there's merit in some of the details. Now just to tell my 6-year-old...