The White House on Tuesday unveiled a recruitment agenda that envisions a tour of duty fighting hackers for the U.S. government as part of any private cyber pro’s career.
“The supply of cybersecurity talent to meet the increasing demand of the federal government is simply not sufficient,” officials from the White House and Office of Personnel Management said in a government blog post. “This shortfall affects not only the federal government, but the private sector as well.”
The newly released Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy was characterized as a first step toward building a sustainable pipeline of government and industry data security talent that will last well into the future. It also “sets forth a vision where private sector cybersecurity leaders would see a tour of duty in federal service as an essential stop in their career arc,” according to the post.
One of the short-term actions calls for agencies to hire 3,500 more people to fill “critical cybersecurity and IT positions” by January 2017.
The administration says it will find ways under existing law and current hiring authorities to expedite recruiting.
For example, the administration will consider establishing “a cybersecurity cadre” within the Presidential Management Fellows program. The cadre would be patterned off existing efforts to lure bright techies into federal agencies, specifically, the Presidential Innovation Fellows program and “other dynamic approaches for bringing top technologists and innovators into government service.”
Congress has recently criticized the management of two such rotational programs: U.S. Digital Service, an IT troubleshooting team originated by some of the Silicon Valley tech experts working to salvage HealthCare.gov, and 18F, a tech consultancy guiding other agencies in projects such as agile software development.
There will also be an orientation program for new cybersecurity professionals entering the government. The aim there would be to improve information sharing and employees’ knowledge of upcoming developmental and training opportunities.
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