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W. Hord Tipton
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7 Reasons Federal Cybersecurity Hires Will Grow

Government officials have recognized the importance of investing in human capital, not just technology, to confront cybersecurity crises.

Army network training. Photo courtesy of Army CIO/G6.
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2/12/2014 | 10:14:28 AM
Buy Or Rent?
Hord, even if government infosec budgets have been protected, they're not rising, form what I understand. Meantime, the demand for security professionals is rising just as fast in the private sector, pushing up salaries. Can government agencies afford to hire that talent? Or will it come via contract/consulting work?
Lorna Garey
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2/12/2014 | 5:18:45 PM
Re: Buy Or Rent?
This is a golden opportunity for grow-your-own within the armed services. Why can't the Air Force, for example, recruit technically proficient kids who may not be able to afford a four-year college (or who maybe don't want to go that route) and train them in cybersecurity? Maybe the active term would need to be six to eight years as opposed to four, at which point a retention bonus may help retain these people.
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4/3/2014 | 5:30:36 PM
Only for those with clearances
As a recent graduate with a degree in Cybersecurity, I have yet to be hired. 

As for "Federal Cybersecurity hires growing", only those already with a security clearance will be put through. Even for entry level or Jr. Level positions. 

What about those that want to work for the Government or firms with Government contracts that don't have clearances? 









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4/14/2014 | 1:09:34 PM
Re: Only for those with clearances
Unfortunately, there is no short-term solution for the gap between workforce preparedness (including the clearance process) and the cyber professional's ability to enter the government workforce. (ISC)2 representatives, along with others from Dept. of Labor, the contracting community, and universities recently participated in a roundtable discussion about this very topic in order to collectively work through this and other related issues. Currently, the students who we see making the transition into the government workforce are supported by programs such as the NSF Scholarship for Service or NSA's Centers of Academic Excellence. Even then, the path is not without its challenges and delays. Without accelerating the clearance process on the government's side, we will continue to see a stalemate. The recent clearance investigations resulting from the Edward Snowden incident have certainly not helped advance the process. 

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