DHS Seeks Private-Sector Cybersecurity Expert
The agency is looking to borrow a cybersecurity expert from the private section for a six-months position as part of an exchange program with companies to share expertise and knowledge.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking a cybersecurity expert as part of an exchange program with the private sector to share information and knowledge about technology and other areas of expertise.
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The DHS Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (OCSC) Office of Strategic Plans has a six-month assignment open for someone to serve as a senior advisor for strategy development and implementation, reporting to the deputy assistant secretary for policy. The position has an option for a six-month renewal and is located in the Washington D.C. area.
The position is aimed at "providing feedback regarding the development and implementation of mission-based strategies and capabilities for use in the department's planning, programming, budget, and execution processes," according to a a DHS blog post.
The adviser also will provide independent and critical assessment of the strategic, mission, and operational plans, according to a broader IT reform plan unveiled in December.
Indeed, the federal government has cozied up considerably to the private sector in the area of cybersecurity, partnering with it in a variety of ways to improve the security of U.S. critical infrastructure, which is largely owned by private companies.
This week a coalition of industry groups and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce made recommendations for how the administration can improve the private-public partnership, suggesting financial incentives for companies to improve cybersecurity and develop standards for it.
The other open position is also in the Office of Strategic Plans and calls for a senior adviser for strategy development and implementation to help guide the department's long-term strategic direction. The deadline to apply for both positions is March 21.
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