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  • Government Facing Shortage of Cyber Security Talent

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    TOP OF THE NEWS
    --Study Says Government Facing Shortage of Cyber Security Talent
    (July 22 & 23, 2009)
    Although President Obama has called the threat of cyber attacks "one of
    the most serious economic and national security challenges," the
    government is likely to be facing a shortage of well-qualified cyber
    security specialists, according to a study from the Partnership for
    Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton. The report lists "four primary
    challenges" facing the government: an insufficient supply of talent; the
    decentralized culture of the government regarding human resources; a
    "cumbersome hiring process" that discourages talented potential
    applicants; and "a disconnect between front-line hiring managers and
    government HR specialists" regarding what constitutes a well-qualified
    cyber security professional. The report offers recommendations for
    agencies and for the administration and Congress to help overcome these
    hurdles.
    http://ourpublicservice.org/OPS/publ...ils.php?id=135
    http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20...p?oref=topnews
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07...rity_shortage/
    http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news...0723-dug1.html

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/07/...ity/index.html
    [Editor's Note (Northcutt): I think this is worth reading, but it is not
    ground breaking. The most interesting thing is the ratio of contractors
    to government people with IT skills. I have been spending a lot of time
    at DoD sites and have met a lot of people who previously were
    contractors and have recently converted to government employment.
    http://ourpublicservice.org/OPS/publ...oad.php?id=135 ]

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