According to a online solicitation spotted by NextGov, the navy is inviting vendors to present quotes related to the expected cost of providing "high quality training services" to its officers, which would involve them being eventually certified as ethical hackers by the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants EC-Council .
The navy describes a certified ethical hacker as "a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in networks and/or computer systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker upon request from an organisation.
The certification is for individuals who are responsible for securing or testing the security of computer networks".
The navy, however, is aiming to train those who specifically work with its computer networks.
The move comes just months after the US Air Force's chief technology officer, Frank Koniecnzy, called for the Pentagon to consider placing responsibility for the military's IT infrastructure with third-party contractors rather than completely relying on in-house support.
Military and intelligence organisations have been under pressure to retain qualified security professionals, who, given the current atmosphere to widespread and varied cyberattacks, are considered highly valuable to such organisations.