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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Review and Assess Cybersecurity Areas Performed by Contractors

Information/computer security (cybersecurity) services for which the United States Government (USG) contracts out for services, and which represent an enduring, long-term function, should be assessed for whether greater cost-effectiveness and capability would be better realized if the USG were to assume the performance of that function.

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Leverage Non-Traditional Talent Channels for Cyber Hiring

• More aggressively leverage non-traditional channels for cybersecurity candidates (military, technical schools, associate degree programs, high school, etc.), where candidates can still be shown to meet job relevant requirements, as non-traditional education sources continue to rise in prominence/predominance now, and in the future.

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Prioritize and Differentially Invest in Cybersecurity Talent

• Federal agencies, especially those with a more clearly evident information/computer security (cybersecurity) mission should identify and prioritize those areas that are of the greatest criticality, relative to cybersecurity talent – and substantive and affirmative investments should occur in those areas, even if detrimental to other lower priority areas.

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Better Align Cybersecurity Work to Competitive Pay Levels

• To acquire and retain top caliber cybersecurity talent, pay structures must be established that are aligned to market pay, and specifically to information/computer security. Given the wide range of pay for the broad levels of talent in the market, multiple, tiered pay structures could be created that would be competitively responsive to the range of pay, defined by the talent (i.e. skills, education and performance),... more »

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Better Align Cybersecurity Work to Competitive Pay Levels

• To acquire and retain top caliber cybersecurity talent, pay structures must be established that are aligned to market pay, and specifically to information/computer security. Given the wide range of pay for the broad levels of talent in the market, multiple, tiered pay structures could be created that would be competitively responsive to the range of pay, defined by the talent (i.e. skills, education and performance),... more »

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Cybersecurity Interns

I like the idea of cybersecurity interns next summer , but I couldn't figure out how to comment on it. 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 »

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CIOs and Workforce Need More Tech Training

For a number of years the government has been looking for CIO with a business background and not a technical background. This has placed a number of government CIO into jobs that they have the business background to understand the business process of the organization, however many do not have the background or understanding of the technical knowledge and skills needed to address problems, concerns and issues related... more »

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Understanding cybersecurity talent requirements

The first step in tackling the cybersecurity talent search is in develop a better understanding of the competencies required for effective, and proactive, cyberdefense and intrusion response. With the rapid change in technologies and tactics for exploitation and intrusion, defining the required talent is a tall order. As such, new approaches for rapid creation, expansion or tailoring of job series will be needed so... more »

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Challenging Internships in Cybersecurity

Talented students, particularly many female and minority students are unaware of the career opportunities available to them in cybersecurity. The government and CISO/CIO partner organizations can help colleges and universities grow the talent pool for qualified cybersecurity professionals by creating and publicizing internship opportunities for students. Presently most internships in cybersecurity recruit junior and... more »

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