Government to hire 1,000 cybersecurity pros

The U.S. government will be hiring cybersecurity pros to bolster Homeland Security efforts.

Officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are planning to hire as many as 1,000 IT workers over the next three years in security-related areas such as vulnerability detection and network and systems engineering. This is the result of a collaborative effort between the DHS, the Office of Personnel Management, and the Office of Management and Budget.

According to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano:

"This new hiring authority will enable DHS to recruit the best cyber-analysts, developers and engineers in the world to serve their country by leading the nation's defenses against cyber-threats."

The decision to make security hiring a priority was made partly as a result of a report prepared by Partnership for Public Service. The report is critical of the government’s cybersecurity efforts, painting them as dysfunctional, uncoordinated, and fragmented in governance.

A government entity that is dysfunctional and uncoordinated? Hard to believe, huh?

The report from Partnership for Public Service recommends the U.S. Office of Personnel Management develop a high-level team to identify top cybersecurity talent and recruit them. It also recommends the creation of training programs for undergraduate and graduate students. The government currently runs a scholarship program to fill some entry-level jobs with recent grads.

The Partnership for Public Service report is available to download.