Cyber IN-Security: Strengthening the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce
Author(s): Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton
Publication Date: 07/22/2009
Publication Topics: Critical Skills and Mission Critical Occupations, Leadership, Recruiting and Hiring, Strategic Human Capital Planning, Training and Development
Publication Type: Research Reports and Surveys
President Obama has declared cybersecurity to be "one of
the most serious economic and national security challenges
we face as a nation." Critical government and privatesector
computer networks are under constant attack from
foreign nations, criminal groups, hackers, virus writers
and terrorist organizations.
The president's success in combating these threats and the
safety of the nation will depend on implementing a comprehensive
and coordinated strategy--a goal that must
include building a vibrant, highly trained and dedicated
cybersecurity workforce in this country.
Our analysis revealed four primary challenges that threaten
the quality and quantity of our federal cybersecurity
- The pipeline of potential new talent is inadequate.
- Fragmented governance and uncoordinated leadership hinders the ability to meet federal cybersecurity workforce needs.
- Complicated processes and rules hamper recruiting and retention efforts.
- There is a disconnect between front-line hiring managers and government's HR specialists.
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