Thursday, October 21, 2010

Feds Experiencing Critical Cybersecurity Staff Shortage

William Jackson writes on Defense Systems:

The Homeland Security Department is focused on recruiting and hiring cybersecurity personnel. It tripled the number of professionals working in the National Cybersecurity Division in fiscal 2009 and doubled it again last year.

But that still brings the number of cybersecurity professionals working in the division to only 220.

“We just don’t have enough people yet,” Philip Reitinger, deputy undersecretary in the National Protection and Programs Directorate, said Thursday at a forum on workforce development hosted in Washington by Deloitte. “This is going to be a continuing challenge for us.”

DHS has been recruiting from other agencies as well as from the private sector, but Reitinger called that a “zero sum game,” because there are not enough trained professionals coming into the field to meet demand. “There are not enough people to go around.”

More here.


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