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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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