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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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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Enhance the Cyber Talent Pipeline Through Early Outreach

Additional assistance can be provided through outreach initiatives that generate interest in this career field far before individuals are ready to seek employment. Providing training and certification in cyber tools and sponsoring cyber competitions, in addition to cyber ‘camps’ for students at the middle and high school level, are great ways to engage youth in this discipline and can connect the dots between success... 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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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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Improve the Taxonomy and Structure of How Cyber Work is Managed

Getting the highest return on investments in superior talent will require investing in creating and sustaining superior working conditions to ensure the best use of that talent. Accordingly, the creation of the work environment that allow government to optimally organize and manage the cybersecurity work and the talent that will perform that work, requires that government develop a taxonomy of cybersecurity functions... more »

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Leverage and Inclusion of All Career Fields

Given that such a small percentage of the US population is in technical fields, the majority of population is not even in the target group. It is important to consider more than just technical people or those who self opt in to the cyber field. Cyber is relevant to all jobs. However, the education and training aspect of cyber is not made relevant to other than cyber focused career fields. Those who work in a range of... more »

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Change the paradigm-Invest in Cybersecurity Workforce Dev

Reports and articles keep surfacing on the issue of lacking cybersecurity talent in the federal government. Since 2010, little improvement has been seen regarding increased knowledge, skills, and abilities among the federal cybersecurity workforce. (Williams, 2015b).This can be attributed large to leadership failures across the agencies. Cybersecurity experts in the trenches, industrial organizational psychologists, and... 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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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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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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Increased Use of Measurement/Assessment In Talent Selection

Organizations can use assessments measuring the knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics required for successful performance in cybersecurity jobs, to ensure they hire qualified job candidates; make job placement decisions based on a candidate’s interest in the job and their ability to perform on the job, and/or provide trainings that address a candidate’s specific developmental needs

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Supported ITAPS recommendations

(Regular print are supported ITAPS recommendations in response to questions, flagged are expanded recommendations to more explicitly address questions, not directly addressed by ITAPS; participated in and collaborated with ITAPS OMB-OPM-NSC Task Force) 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 »

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