A document describing Best Practices for Attracting, Finding, Hiring and Retaining Cybersecurity Talent is attached
6. Solving the Talent Search
How can government tackle the cybersecurity talent search in a way that strengthens skills, experience, and knowledge both within government CISO/CIO and partner organizations and externally from contracted services?
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I think the government needs to realize that there are big bucks to be made in the private sector if you are really good at this, and so they can't expect people to stay in Government. The Government should be prepared to depend on private sector contractors, who can do this work well.
However, experience in other... more »
How can government tackle the cybersecurity talent search in a way that strengthens skills, experience, and knowledge both within government CISO/CIO and partner organizations... more »
Provide cyber internships to develop and enhance cyber skills and interest in the government
Look for talent in other parts of the organization that could be used by cybersec shops w/o having to hire: risk management skills, analytical skills, cost/benefit analyses. Retool as needed for cyber roles
Attract high and college grads with more aggressive recruiting that accepts more than USAJOBs applications; utilize on-line reach-out for potential candidates of interest, encourage games that attract students
Create an elite CyberSec Reserve Corps that have passed necessary screening that can be used by government on challenging security projects. Do same for College grads; recruit them to be part of this group with return of visibility, rich career enhancing assignments, college loan repayment