It’s Time to Organize Volunteer Hackers, Think Tank Says

NextGov: The government should supplement its cadre of cyber professionals with a nationwide network of civilian volunteers who could help respond during digital attacks, according to a proposal released Wednesday.

During the massive ransomware attack that hit Atlanta earlier this year, for example, a pre-vetted group of civilian cyber volunteers could have taken care of the many low-sensitivity tasks necessary to get city services up and running again, freeing up city IT staff for higher value work, according to the proposal from Natasha Cohen and Peter Singer with the New America think tank.

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