Homeland Security Acts on Cyber Workforce Recommendations

April 19, 2013

The Homeland Security Department is working to implement 11 recommendations from an advisory council to better develop, recruit and retain sophisticated cybersecurity talent.

In a webinar on Thursday sponsored by Government Executive and Northrop Grumman, Dr. Doug Maughan, director of the cybersecurity division at DHS, said the department is moving forward on 11 recommendations released in October by the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Task Force on Cyber Skills to effectively recruit, retain and train mission-critical cybersecurity professionals.

DHS is moving forward on defining cybersecurity roles and tasks, maintaining an authoritative list for these tasks and evaluating its talent inventory and ensuring that it has the current and future skills capacity to accomplish certain cyber tasks, Maughan said.

“As you can imagine in today’s cybersecurity environment, your skills can quickly become out of date if you don’t keep a training regimen for the future,” Maughan said.

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