US Marine Corps seeks volunteers for civilian cybersecurity team

Cal Jeffrey

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Back in April, the Marine Corps announced it would be creating a new computer task force. The cyber security unit would be made up of volunteer civilians and veterans and would not be subject to strict USMC decorum.

“If anybody wants to join, you can sign up. You can have purple hair, too, but no EGA,” Commandant General Robert Neller told Military referring to Marines’ famous eagle, globe and anchor insignia.

This week the USMC announces that the Cyber Auxiliary (Cyber Aux) has been established and is recruiting. The unit consists of experts from the private sector who will “train, educate, advise, and mentor Marines” on cybersecurity and other computer-related matters. The group will assist in simulations and with training, but will not participate in “hands-on” activities. In other words, they will not take part in actual USMC cyber missions.

"Today, we face the modern version of hidden attackers, who seek to undermine our security and economy; now they just use malware instead of torpedoes."

“The Cyber Aux is part of the larger Marine Corps effort to better posture forces to conduct Operations in the Information Environment,” said the USMC's press release.

The new task force is headed up by the Deputy Commandant for Information, Lt. Gen. Lori E. Reynolds.

Volunteers must be US citizens and need to have advanced experience in information systems. Qualifying individuals will be assigned to units or projects that complement their particular skills. No further information such as specific experience they are looking for was released.

Although, judging by General Neller’s purple hair comment, black or white hat hacking experience is welcome as long as they can qualify for a security clearance. So a clean record is undoubtedly required.

Even though it is a volunteer position, that does not necessarily mean there will be no compensation. However, no further information was available in that regard. The USMC will have further announcements as the program develops.

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TomSEA

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The U.S. government already hosts a slew of cyber teams. Why don't the Marine's just piggy-back on one of those? What's the need for their own?
 
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Zura Luna

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Military will get what it pays for...Ooops No Pay. How does the military expect people with 100k plus jobs to go full time to work VOLUNTEER with no pay or benefits just so they don;t have to go to boot camp and wear purple hair? Does this even make sense? If you want the best of the best, the military will have to pay the best of the best.....can't live off or pay bills with Patriotism.
 

OptimumSlinky

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The U.S. government already hosts a slew of cyber teams. Why don't the Marine's just piggy-back on one of those? What's the need for their own?
Because the Marines suffer from unloved step-child syndrome and have to have their own version of everything to feel validated.
 

Bullwinkle M

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"They will have to be highly skilled in the use of computers including how to penetrate systems. "
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You're doing it wrong!

There is no need for Hackers to penetrate systems if we just make them secure in the first place. isn't that right Microsoft?

Microsoft...?

Hello....Hello.....?
Testing...1...2..

Is this thing on?
 
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mbrowne5061

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They don't mean "volunteer" like 'down at the Red Cross'. They mean "volunteer" as in 'not conscripted'.

Come on. This is the US military. The whole thing is volunteer, but they're all getting paid. Now, how much that pay is, I would guess its somewhere in the GS-10 or higher range.
 
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Fosgailte

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The U.S. government already hosts a slew of cyber teams. Why don't the Marine's just piggy-back on one of those? What's the need for their own?
Because the own their own network..? Would you want the Coast Guard or the department of education controlling your network?
 

Fosgailte

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Military will get what it pays for...Ooops No Pay. How does the military expect people with 100k plus jobs to go full time to work VOLUNTEER with no pay or benefits just so they don;t have to go to boot camp and wear purple hair? Does this even make sense? If you want the best of the best, the military will have to pay the best of the best.....can't live off or pay bills with Patriotism.
True, patriotism only get one so far, but we definitely have some great patriots with mad skills working for us at GS pay scales when they could be working for much more at a tech corporation. If we could take the politicians out of the equation along with the prime contractors (general dynamics, lockheed, etc.), which bleed off the vast majority of dollars budgeted toward the military, we probably could afford to pay competitive salaries and have the best cyber team in the world. Corporate profits and pork barrel spending and political bs always win out over common sense and true needs...
 

Fosgailte

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"They will have to be highly skilled in the use of computers including how to penetrate systems. "
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
You're doing it wrong!

There is no need for Hackers to penetrate systems if we just make them secure in the first place. isn't that right Microsoft?

Microsoft...?

Hello....Hello.....?
Testing...1...2..

Is this thing on?
Good luck with that! MS cant even get it’s own apps to work together seamlessly. And, they’ve been trying for how many years!?!?
 

Fosgailte

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The U.S. government already hosts a slew of cyber teams. Why don't the Marine's just piggy-back on one of those? What's the need for their own?
Because the Marines suffer from unloved step-child syndrome and have to have their own version of everything to feel validated.
Hahaha, not! The Marine Corps has had cyber professionals as long as the other services. Historically, they’ve also been the service with the LEAST amount of vulnerabilities and penetrations (the Army had the highest in the past). Much of it has to do with the Users and discipline. The Marine Corps isn't “trying to have their own version” of something they’ve always had, but as is their tradition, they are being proactive and being innovative, which also helps address the step-child budget they have.
 

Palladium1987

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Military will get what it pays for...Ooops No Pay. How does the military expect people with 100k plus jobs to go full time to work VOLUNTEER with no pay or benefits just so they don;t have to go to boot camp and wear purple hair? Does this even make sense? If you want the best of the best, the military will have to pay the best of the best.....can't live off or pay bills with Patriotism.
With that $1 trillion/year budget it's reeeeeeeeeeeeeally hard to make ends meet, my friend. (sarcasm)
 

Markoni35

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How is this different from hackers hired by Chinese government? It's identical, but here it's displayed as positive, while there it's "government hackers". It's exactly the same thing.
 

danielu

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Hot dog my letter to darpa paid off! Well this is a pretty kool venture and although I have some basic knowledge of coding and a ton of tech knowledge would love to learn. I think since this would be a Volonter Position though that there should be some kind of Cyber boot camp for those that dont have any knowledge of penetrating systems like myself. Sure anyone can download and use malware Howeverr again thats not somethin I know much about although I do have a slight lan,wan,man = metropolitan area network, network experience. Would love to learn!