Air Force streamlines cybersecurity hiring

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  • Certain cybersecurity jobs in the Air Force have been given special hiring authority. The Air Force says that managers hiring civilian federal employees have been authorized to use Schedule A hiring authority to streamline the process and quickly fill more than 680 positions. In this case, there are three organizations that are able to use the Schedule A hiring authority for the cyber jobs: U.S. Strategic Command, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and the 24th Air Force. They can use Schedule A to hire people to handle cyber risk and strategic analysis, incident handling and response, cyber exercises, network and systems engineering, and more.
  • If misery likes company, then CIOs worried about cloud computing security have a house full. A recent conference in London showed European technology leaders are also concerned about cloud cyber security, even as they acknowledge cloud benefits. Ian Bourne, the head of data protection projects at the British Information Commissioner’s Office, called for due diligence in procurement, and use of a lot of common sense. He said his office will publish a guide for use by government and commercial cloud users, Search reports. Bourne also said European Union rules for where personally-identifiable information is stored might need revision in light of the cloud movement.

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