Lt. Gen. Gina Grosso says that the biggest challenge in the already complex problem of developing the Air Force's cyber workforce is the civilian portion. That's because the federal government isn't quite sure who is or isn't cyber personnel.
The Office of Personnel Management has been busy this year helping agencies more quickly recruit, hire and develop cyber talent, an initiative outlined in the President's Cybersecurity National Action Plan. Agencies like the FBI and Commerce Department say they are also beginning to change their mindsets when building teams of cyber experts.
A new report aims to put to rest the question of whether a national and global shortfall of cybersecurity talent is a genuine problem.
The Office of Personnel Management is looking to the military as it sets up its new cyber workforce strategy.
The Homeland Security Department drew large crowds to its first-ever tech and cybersecurity job fair in Washington this week. The department interviewed applicants, made tentative offers and started the security clearance review process on the spot for about 150 talented candidates.
The Office of Management and Budget said it's taking stock of its accomplishments over the past eight years, as well as the items it has left on its cybersecurity to-do list, before the upcoming presidential transition. Implementing pieces of the new cyber workforce strategy is a top priority for the Obama administration during its last six months.
The Defense Department has begun initial steps to create a new civilian cyber workforce outside the strictures of the traditional civil service system.
The Homeland Security Department is piloting a new tool that would help agency hiring managers and HR specialists write better job announcements for cybersecurity positions. DHS is working with the Office of Personnel Management to test the Cyber Management Support Initiative Push Button with human capital shops at several agencies.
Navy has asked for legislative permission to start some new sailors' careers at higher ranks. Some with high levels of in-demand skills would potentially start at the level of captain.
The Homeland Security Department is about to roll out a new series of incentive payments to lure cyber experts from the private sector and keep them in the civil service.
Suzanne Spaulding, the nominee to be the deputy undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate, told Senate lawmakers DHS had to reduce the number of federal devices that will be covered by the CDM program because of budget shortfalls.
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee approved two cybersecurity bills this week. Both bills were approved by the House last term, but never came up for a vote in the Senate. That chamber is considering a comprehensive approach to cyber legislation.
Six years after the Veterans Affairs data breach, civilian agency networks and computers are more secure. Current and former federal officials and cyber experts say from secretaries on down, the threat of a cyber attack and the impact on mission is well understood.
The revised Cybersecurity Act of 2012 removes DHS from having sole oversight authority of critical infrastructure and shares the responsibility across an interagency council. The bill also would make the implementation of cyber standards by critical infrastructure operators voluntary. The legislation encourages an incentive-based program.