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Federal Agencies to Hire More Cyber Defenders in 2014

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants to expand its cyber workforce significantly.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking to significantly expand its cyber workforce.

A proposed amendment to the Homeland Security Act calls for the DHS Secretary to regularly evaluate the readiness and capacity of the agency's cyber staff to meet its cybersecurity mission, form a five-year recruitment plan, and develop a 10-year projection of workforce needs. However, the U.S. Government Accountability Office reported this year that more than 20 percent of cybersecurity positions remain vacant at the National Protection and Programs Directorate, the primary DHS cyber division.

In contrast, the U.S. Cyber Command and uniformed services cyber commands appear to have more staffing success. The U.S. Army is constructing a new cyber command center at Fort Meade to eventually staff 1,500, which would lead a worldwide cyber corps of 21,000 soldiers and civilians.

Meanwhile, by 2017, the Air Force will add more than 1,000 uniformed cyber forces to its Space Command.

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