The U.S. government is aggressively seeking to bolster its cyberdefenses, but experts warn that a severe talent shortage means hiring standards are much lower than they should be. Jeffrey Carr, founder of consultancy Taia Global, says the talent shortage helps explain how National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden managed to get an intelligence job making six figures despite being a high-school dropout and failed Army Special Forces recruit. "They're competing heavily for anyone who can get a clearance and has computer skills," Carr said.

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