Cyber attacks are the most serious economic and national security threat the United States faces, but the country has a shortage of skilled experts who could head off that threat, reports CNN. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says there is job market for cyber warriors who can protect the nation’s computer networks from an attack, but many of those jobs are going unfilled, Napolitano said, due to “a lack of expertise.”
Homeland Security says it responded to more than 106,000 cyber attacks in 2011. Napolitano says without more experts in repelling those incursions, the U.S. economy could be the biggest casualty. A successful attack could mean another country stealing American intellectual property, like technology, research or trade secrets. Industry insiders estimate the economic loss could be in the billions of dollars.